A unified, efficient and sustainable building complex for the UN
In order to support the UN in becoming more efficient and unified, the Government of Denmark wished to move all the UN departments in Denmark into one complex – the UN City.
Orbicon was hired as the consulting engineer and made the engineering design of the UN City. The building is shaped like a star and located on an artificial island. The eight points of the star reach out to the world, like the UN, while being rooted in the same set of values.
UN City is a state of the art complex, which clearly reflects the UN’s commitment to environmental sustainability. On the roof, 1,400 square metres of solar panels generate electricity for the building. Cold seawater runs through the cooling system, regulating the building’s indoor temperature, while using a minimum of electricity. Even rainwater is captured and reused to flush the toilets in the building. Through the innovative and sustainable initiatives, the UN City uses 55 percent less energy than office buildings of similar size.
The green initiatives are a part of what makes the star-shaped UN City an icon of sustainability – and why it has received the European Commission’s Green Building Award for New Buildings.
At the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the new UN complex, saying “UN City is an example of how modern, energy-efficient offices can play their part in building the future we want.”
The focus on environmental sustainability has furthermore resulted in the highest LEED certification, an LEED® Platinum certification. The LEED certification is based on the internationally recognized green building certification system Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The UN City was one of the first LEED-certified buildings in northern Europe.