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The Neutral Zone

Seventy years later, the UNHQ exists; however, was the UNHQ ever completed? As with the environment or geopolitics, everything in the world is constantly changing, and so is the UN. As the UN’s mission and inner workings become more complex, we propose that it will require a compact and effective space that hosts conversations between different departments. Our project, The Neutral Zone, connects the original UNHQ to the northern part of the site to a new armature for inter-agency discussions and collaboration. The ground level is open to public visitors, per the original master plan. There is a visual connection between general visitors and UN staff as people look up at the zigzag grid of the second level. The second-level links multiple nodes of conversation platforms that facilitate cross-departmental conversations, also accommodating overseas UN agencies’ offices. The highest level is organized as a square grid of paths connecting various chambers and a common hall, hinted at when people look up from the ground level. The Neutral Zone aims to improve the foundation of the original UNHQ and encourage cross-departmental dialogue. We accept the world’s chaos and forge neutral relationships between different countries’ delegates, the UN, and the general public.