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Inauguration of the newly refurbished Room XIX of the Palais des Nations

On November 12, 2019 the newly refurbished Room XIX of the Palais des Nations of Geneva has been inaugurated by the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Tatiana Valovaya. The renovation’s project was designed by Giampiero Peia, one of the most renowned Italian contemporary architect, and implemented by an Italian construction company “CCM”.

The Room, with its 4000 square meters and its capacity of 800 seats, is now the biggest meeting room in the section of the Palais des Nations built in the sixties to meet the growing space needs the UN had to face.

The new hall, renovated thanks to the financial support of Qatari government, is equipped with the best up-to-date audio and video systems, that will provide the highest technological standards for communications and live recording.

Special attention has been paid by Architect Peia in designing and building the lighting system which is based on the circadian system (imitating the daily solar movement), providing the Room with natural light through a fully automated windows’ opening system.

In addition, another unique innovation is located in the interpretation booth: for the first time ever, a UN meeting Room will have a special system for transmitting sign language interpretation.

Therefore, the Room XIX is a perfect synthesis of Italian creativity at its highest level: a combination between shared values and future’s vision, a mix of aesthetics, technological innovation, design, ergonomics, accessibility and sustainability.