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Joakim de Rham of Swiss Bureau and Siavosh Adeli of Adeli Interior Architecture & Partners designed the Room of the Emirates of the United Nations in Geneva. One of the largest rooms of the Palais des Nations, the room XVII required an upgrade and complete refurbishment to comply with the current technical standards for conference rooms. The room had no natural light therefore the concept draws its sources from the idea of creating a sensation of openness and natural luminosity, like a skylight. The client also wanted to integrate strong national symbolism into the design, combining functionality and cutting-edge technology, merging innovation and cultural heritage in line with architectural trends in the UAE. This resulted in the development of a ‘living’ ceiling, whose geometry is based on the geometry of the emblem of the United Arab Emirates.