The 68th General Assembly of the United Nations descended upon New York City last week, arriving at the UN Building to a new look-and-feel thanks to design gift from the Netherlands. Dutch architects Rem Koolhaas and Hella Jongerius have refreshed the interior of New York’s UN Building with a collection of furniture, art and interior accents to welcome the General Assembly. Koolhaas and Jongerius focused on the UN north delegates’ lounge, a space that now features an approachable, comfortable set of modern furniture that suits this world-renown “workshop for peace”.
This redesign of the UN Building’s interior is the first of its kind in over 60 years. The building was originally imagined by a star-studded list of world architects including Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier and others. The original vision of these architects has been maintained, but current stars like Koolhaas and Jongerius have given this portion a welcome visual update. The 68th General Assembly of the United Nations ended Friday in New York, and the interior now returns to regular non-assembly business for UN workers in Manhattan. [photography: frank ouderman via: designboom]