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United Nations Secretariat Building

Identification

United Nations Secretariat Building
UN Headquarters, U.N. Building
114294

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [under renovation]
glass
marble
curtain wall
light blue
international style

Usages

institutional office

Facts

  • Built for an important international organization, this modern complex helped revitalize New York City at the end of the second world war.
  • Centerpiece of the UN complex is the Secretariat, a skyscraper based on plans by Le Corbusier, one of the most well-known modern architects.
  • This skyscraper was the first major International Style building to be constructed in New York.
  • The architects' use of green glass, marble, and bands of metal detailing are modifications to the modern architectural vocabulary.
  • 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.
  • The actual design for the building was carried out by an international team of architects under the direction of Wallace Harrison.
  • Featured in the movie "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (directed by Blake Edwards, 1976).
  • The 18-acre site was donated to the United Nations by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  • Typical of the International Style are its simple, geometric form, the absence of historical references, and its glass curtain wall.
  • 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.

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Location

1st Avenue to FDR Drive, 405 East 42nd to East 48th Streets
10017
Turtle Bay
Manhattan
New York City
New York
U.S.A.

Technical Data

505.01 ft
505.01 ft
505.01 ft
39
1947
1952

Involved Companies

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Arnstein Arneberg
fire protection engineering, glass supplier, master plan architect, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings