Room XVII / Emirates – UN – Geneva

Type of building:
Conference room
Owner:
UN
Address:
Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva
Year (s) of the works:
2015-2016

Presentation of the building

The transformation of room XVII of the Palace of Nations, now renamed Emirates Room, is simply splendid. The Lausanne-based architectural firm ADELI has perfectly combined interior design and high technology. Nearly 350 m2 of LEDs, or 600 panels held by 2500 points of attachment were installed to form an incredible ceiling that aims to create an illusion of the sky of the United Arab Emirates. This effect comes from its color and brightness, as well as its design with lines reminiscent of Arabic scriptures, but also by 7 spotlights “stars” that symbolize the same number of emirates. In addition, the room which can accommodate 550 people is dressed with wooded walls in warm colors that recall the desert and arid landscapes, as well as the carpet of an orange beige. Behind the secretary's row of seats, a sodalite blue marble wall was mounted to recall the organization's colors.

Emergency lighting concept

The emergency lighting system for this room is essentially based on the adaptation of the master builder's luminaires to the so-called emergency function. They are connected to an energy cabinet that takes over in case of loss of the network. Nevertheless, some 40 marker flags and a few spotlights have been installed to indicate the escape routes from the hall. Outside the hall, other installations already in place before the reconstruction continue to indicate the paths to take.

Source photos : ADELI Interior Architecture & Partners LTD

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