designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves
 

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves

WOOD-SKIN is the technical partner for the renovation of the united nations room XIX in geneva, commissioned by qatar to PEIA associati. covering over 1000-square meters, the macro-membrane wooden structure ‘reinterprets the diplomacy, tradition, calligraphy and the land scape of qatar through contemporary materials.’

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves
all images by giovanna silva

 

 

constructed out of flexible mesh sheet structure and okumè, a warm and lightweight wood, the geometric WOOD-SKIN panels provide a dynamic perspective to the symmetric circular conference room. the ceiling, a collection of triangular panels, resembles the movement of sand dunes and reflects the circadian rhythm of sunrise and sunset through FLOS lighting solutions. the rectangular panels that make up the wall space are able to change configurations for acoustic optimization. in addition, the textile core of the cladding makes the panels behaves more like fabric than wood, capable of absorbing a wider range of frequencies.

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves

 

 

‘an important feature of the space is its high-performance acoustics: the parametric modeling software allowed us to simulate the behavior of the surface and its deformation until achieving the volumes dictated by the technical/acoustic requirements of the space,’ explains WOOD-SKIN. ‘the complex geometries generate an irregular surface that promotes sound diffusion, thereby reducing echo.’

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves

 

 

working with PEIA associati and FLOS lighting, WOOD-SKIN managed to meet all the engineering requirements for the conference hall. the dome, overcasting 4000-square meters and 800 seats, seamlessly integrates the necessary outlets for the air-condition ducts, video projectors, robotic cameras and sensors. the organic system takes full advantage of the WOOD-SKIN features as a platform for technological integration.

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves

designed by PEIA associati, WOOD-SKIN covers UN assembly hall ceiling to resemble sand dune waves

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: palace of nations, geneve, switzerland

project type: institutional conference room

client: state of qatar for the united nations

architects: PEIA associati

surface design: WOOD-SKIN

lighting design: FLOS

surface area: 1000mq

  • This solution to a complex problem is both aesthetically warm and elegant but also an engineering marvel. Seeing the ‘back of house’ (underside) of the ceiling demonstrates how many moving parts there were to accommodate.

    michele says:

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