Palace of the League of Nations, Geneva

Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer, 1927

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (Meyer) / Hans-Jakob Wittwer (Wittwer)
Original plans for a competition design for the ‘Palace of the League of Nations’, Geneva, design: Hannes Meyer / Hans Wittwer, 1927.

This design, which received third prize, envisaged a two-part architectural body linked with a multiple-storey bridge. The assembly chamber complex featured a hall capable of seating 2,600 people, the oval ground-plan of which was covered with a dome and surrounded by four floors of foyers and meeting-rooms, as well as the general secretariat offices and the press office. The secretariat complex was to consist of a 24-storey tower with an adjoining low building which was to house additional assembly rooms, a library with reading rooms and a book depository. The building’s transport links were to involve non-intersecting one-way traffic.

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