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United Nations Secretariat Building

760 United Nations Plaza
New York City NY United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count39
Building Uses
 - office
 - government
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - international
 - modern
 - masonry
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof505 ftCTBUH

• Architects: Wallace K. Harrison, 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.

• Others: AK Productions LLC, Arnstein Arneberg, Irwin Cantor & Associates, PC The Cantor Seinuk Group Inc., Robert Moses.

• John D. Rockefeller Jr donated to the United Nations the 18-acre site.

• Although The UN Headquarters site is inside New York state and United States country, it is officially international territory, not part of the United States laws. Part of this important international organization, supported the revitalization of New York City at the end of the second world war.

• As typical International Style and first of this style in New York, the main building, Secretariat, is shaped in a block geometric form, which team of architects, coordinated by Wallace K. Harrison, used green curtain glass wall, marble and bands of metal detailing, based in plans of Le Corbusier and Brazilian famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. It is connected to the Conference Building to the north that houses the General Assembly, the Security Council, among others, and a library building to the south.

• The UN building houses its daily administerial functions duties, like finance and translation, and the offices of ambassadors and delegates.

• The "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" movie, directed by Blake Edwards of 1976 presented the building in its story.

• A Major large and needed renovation, to be finished in 2014, is to be taken in the whole building, moving all personnel, who work in the Secretariat Building, to a temporary building until the work is completed.

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Le Corbusier - Architect
Wallace K. Harrison - Architect

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