UN Delegates Café and Lounge
Culture of Assembly
The Delegates Café and Lounge is part of the United Nations’ $2.15 billion Capital Master Plan, a six-year renovation project to update the UN Headquarters complex in New York for the 21st century, as well as to provide a more energy-efficient environment for delegates, staff, and visitors.
The UN Headquarters is the epicenter of the global diplomatic community represented by the United Nations. The architecture of the complex has become a primary visual symbol of the efforts of the world organization, largely because of the striking aspects of its high modernist design; but a more nuanced examination reveals that it was created to perform as a spatial setting reflective of the UN’s function as a “workshop for peace.” This is the result of the tireless efforts of the original design committee and their ambition to manifest a physical forum for a “culture of assembly” to give the nations of the world equal voice and the potential for horizontal decision-making and open discussion.
|Location||New York, NY|
|Type||Civic / Hospitality|
|Area||UN HEADQUARTERS MASTERPLAN|
2,500,000 ft2 / 232,257 m2
Café and Lounge, General Assembly
6,894 ft2 / 640 m2
|Client||The United Nations|
|Team||Bettina Zerza, Principal|
Seth Embry, Nina Kolowratnik, Standish Lee, Carolina Ihle, Johannes Pointl
Architecture: Perkins Will
Construction Manager: Skanska USA
Project Management: Gardiner & Theobald LLP
Food Service Consultant: Cini Little International Inc.
Green Building Consultant: Vidaris, Inc.
MEP and IT Engineering: Syska Hennesy Group Inc.
Security Consultant: Kroll and Schiff