About the project

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Salles des Emirats de l'ONU
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Description of the project

The renovation of the Emirates Room, formerly known as Room XVII, is a gift from the United Arab Emirates to the UN in Geneva. This room is a true technical feat, as it marks the first time a multimedia interpretation system has been installed in the world for a room of such capacity.

During its design, the best technologies and equipment were chosen to enable state-of-the-art installation and ensure participant comfort.

The installed simultaneous interpretation system includes 9 interpretation booths, 250 delegate seats with touch screens, badge recognition, USB document sharing, voting capabilities, an integrated camera, and 315 language selectors for listeners. Additionally, 250 NamePlates to display delegates’ names on an electronic ink screen were specially developed for this project. A sign language interpretation system for the hearing impaired was also implemented.

As the room does not have access to natural light, a light source was created using an LED ceiling covering approximately 300m2. This ceiling recreates the sky view from the United Arab Emirates.

In collaboration with the architectural firm Adeli, all audiovisual equipment was recessed and integrated into the architecture and layout of the room. A home automation system to simplify the use of the room was also developed.

This cutting-edge room earned Projection Nouvelle three nominations, two at the Inavation Awards and one at the AV Awards. Projection Nouvelle even won the “Government or Public Sector Facility” category at the 2017 Inavation Awards.

The project photos were taken by photographers Anoush Abrar and Guillaume de Laubier.