United Nations Secretariat Building
Structure in General
- The UN Headquarters site is officially international territory, not part of the United States - making New York the only state with a hole in it.
- Featured in the movie "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (directed by Blake Edwards, 1976).
- The architects' use of green glass, marble, and bands of metal detailing are modifications to the modern architectural vocabulary.
- Typical of the International Style are its simple, geometric form, the absence of historical references, and its glass curtain wall.
- This skyscraper was the first major International Style building to be constructed in New York.
- The actual design for the building was carried out by an international team of architects under the direction of Wallace Harrison.
- Centerpiece of the UN complex is the Secretariat, a skyscraper based on plans by Le Corbusier, one of the most well-known modern architects.
- Built for an important international organization, this modern complex helped revitalize New York City at the end of the second world war.
- The 18-acre site was donated to the United Nations by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
- An extensive renovation is planned in the near future that could take up to ten years, temporarily displacing the employees to a new headquarters building to be built in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens.
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- Gaston Brunfaut
- Julio Vilamajó
- Le Corbusier
- Nikolai D. Bassov
- Oscar Niemeyer
- Sir Howard Robertson
- Ssu-Ch'eng Liang
- Studio Ernest Cormier
- Sven Markelius
- Taylor, Soilleux & Overend
- Wallace K. Harrison
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings