WOOD-SKIN covers the dome and walls of the new Assembly Hall of the United Nations Palace in Geneva. A flowing expanse of wooden ‘dunes’ clads the circular hall, featuring the patented process that allows the digital design of flexible three-dimensional coverings.
▼Peia Associati的建筑设计以其物理和机制上的复杂性来诠释集会空间，而WOOD-SKIN则凭借其创新技术为最复杂的设计挑战提供了解决方案，Peia Associati’s architectural design interprets the assembly space in all its physical and institutional complexity. WOOD-SKIN, thanks to its innovative technology that provides solution to the most complex design challenges ©DSL Studio
The project has been realized by the architectural firm PEIA Associati, through a generous donation from the State of Qatar. The project reinterprets the diplomacy, tradition, calligraphy and the landscape of Qatar through contemporary materials, technologies and design languages. The hall, with a capacity of 800 and an area of 4,000 square meters, is the largest and most technologically advanced of the UN, a model for future projects.
▼WOOD-SKIN的特质使Peia Associati源于翻转沙丘、且与下方星空般分布的国家代表席位形成对比的设计概念得以实现，The characteristics of WOOD-SKIN made it possible to bring to life the concept of the architects, Peia Associati, inspired by a sequence of shifting sand dunes turned upside-down, counterbalanced by the starry sky of the nations below. ©DSL Studio
The restyling of the ceiling was done with Mesh Sheets, the most iconic product of the WOOD-SKIN family, which allows total freedom of form. The result is an architectural macro-membrane of about 1,000 square meters in okumè, warm and very lightweight wood with a flamed grain, perfect for anchoring to the pre-existing historical structure. The WOOD-SKIN system also made it possible to integrate the circadian lighting by FLOS in a fluid way, along with the complex engineering required by a conference hall of the future. Air conditioning, video projectors, robotic cameras, and sensors were carefully positioned in the design phase and then seamlessly installed, creating an organic system that takes advantage of the features of WOOD-SKIN as a platform for technological integration.
▼该会议厅的完成体现了意大利最好的设计和工艺，The realization of this room embodies the best of Italian design and know-how ©DSL Studio
An important feature of the space is its high-performance acoustics: the parametric modelling software allowed us to simulate the behavior of the surface and its deformation until achieving the volumes dictated by the technical/acoustic requirements of the space. The wall and ceiling panels, in addition to having characteristics of sound diffusion, are engineered to manage high and low sound frequencies. The complex geometries generate an irregular surface that promotes sound diffusion, thereby reducing echo. The textile core of the cladding, on the other hand, make the panels behave more like fabric than wood, capable of absorbing even the lower range of frequencies.
▼墙壁上的木波板根据圆形空间的声学优化来改变节奏，也象征性地代表了联合国促进和平与外交的使命，The wooden wave panels on the walls change rhythm according to the acoustic optimization of the circular space, but they also symbolically represent the mission of the UN to promote and facilitate peace and diplomacy ©DSL Studio
The use of a sculptural language breaks the symmetry of the circular conference room, giving the space a new dynamism, but also new metaphorical resonance. The ceiling recalls the incessant movement of sand dunes, and the lighting system reflects the circadian rhythm of sunrise and sunset. The wooden wave panels on the walls change rhythm according to the acoustic optimization of the circular space, but they also symbolically represent the mission of the UN to promote and facilitate peace and diplomacy. Peia Associati’s architectural design interprets the assembly space in all its physical and institutional complexity. WOOD-SKIN, thanks to its innovative technology that provides the solution to the most complex design challenges, complements the architecture both functionally and aesthetically.
▼WOOD-SKIN是一种极轻的材料，无需为了安装圆顶而加固现有结构，相反，它的结构重量远小于原始天花板，WOOD-SKIN is an extremely lightweight material, so it was not necessary to reinforce the existing structure of the dome in order to install it; on the contrary, the WOOD-SKIN solution weighs far less than the original ceiling ©DSL Studio
技术特征 | Technical Features
WOOD-SKIN explored new horizons of design and engineering through close collaboration with architect Giampiero Peia, which resulted in a truly unique space. The customizability of the material enabled the creation of heretofore unthinkable volumes and forms that would otherwise have been impossible given the complex structural demands of the project. WOOD-SKIN is a semi-rigid membrane that makes complex forms and movements possible. A composite of wood and fabric only a few millimeters thick, the modularization of the surface into flexible ‘tiles’ proved to be the ideal solution for creating the desired volumes.
▼借助WOOD-SKIN的灵活网格板，“瓷砖”的形状可以千变万化。从天花板的三角形到墙壁的矩形条，每个项目在其设计中都是独一无二且不会出现重复细节的。与此同时，还创建了空间在视觉和结构上的连续，With WOOD-SKIN’s Mesh Sheets a multitude of forms can be obtained, depending on the ‘tile’ shape (in this case, triangles for the ceiling, rectangular strips for the walls), giving each project the possibility of being unique and unrepeatable in its details, but also of creating a visual and structural continuum ©DSL Studio
Working with such complex forms using traditional techniques would have been a very difficult operation to carry out, onerous in terms of both time and expense. Thanks to the special characteristics of WOOD-SKIN, a flexible and “digital” cladding, it was possible to create a composite that could adapt to every architectural need. WOOD-SKIN is a next-generation surface born from the direct correspondence between the physical material and its digital version, which allows architects and engineers to design complexity itself, certain of the future behavior and limits of the material.
▼WOOD-SKIN系统还以流畅的形式集成了FLOS的昼夜智能照明，以及未来会议厅所需的复杂工程，The WOOD-SKIN system also made it possible to integrate the circadian lighting by FLOS in a fluid way, along with the complex engineering required by a conference hall of the future ©DSL Studio
The various phases of the design of the large free-form ceiling followed one another in a fluid manner, without having to modify the underlying structures. WOOD-SKIN is supported by a series of guylines that serve both a structural and aesthetic function, whose positioning and measure is also defined by software. A lightweight and invisible forest of thin steel cables that, with a density 70% lower than traditional systems, easily supports all 5 tons of the 1,000-square-meter dropped ceiling. Thanks to WOOD-SKIN technology, the panels were transported flat to the construction site. This, together with the lightness of the material, made installation quick and easy, as well as minimizing the environmental impact.
▼WOOD-SKIN是一种半刚性薄膜，可满足复杂的形式和运动，WOOD-SKIN is a semi-rigid membrane that makes complex forms and movements possible ©DSL Studio
▼WOOD-SKIN由一系列兼具结构和美学功能的拉线所支撑，其位置和尺寸也经软件测量确定，WOOD-SKIN is supported by a series of guylines that serve both a structural and aesthetic function, whose positioning and measure is also defined by software ©DSL Studio