The United Nations


Photo: Jenna M. McKnight

The recently completed five-year long renovation project at the headquarters of the United Nations increases security, integrates sustainable systems and restores historically significant details. The $2.1B renovation was overseen by Michael Adlerstein, the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of the UN Capital Master Plan. The International Style campus was originally designed by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950’s. The prominent 39-story Secretariat building now has all new blast-proof glazing interspersed with photovoltaic cells. The upper floors of office space received a complete overhaul to reflect today’s modern workplace. Other spaces, such as the General Assembly and Security Council Chamber, received a light touch. The general character of the rooms and hierarchical arrangement appear untouched, but sophisticated lighting, mechanical systems and technology upgrades bring them into the 21st century.

(2015) EYP, HLW, and Helpern

Newly renovated Conference Building

Photo: Mark Garten

Security Council Chamber

Photo: CMP



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