File 32 - Proposal of Palais des Nations

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Proposal of Palais des Nations

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CA CAC 1-1-32

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  • 1927 (Client)
    League of Nations
  • 1927 (Architect)
    Nobbs & Hyde

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17 drawings : 15 ink on paper, 2 watercolour on card

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File consists of 17 presentation drawings for government parliament building (stone). Drawings include: site plan, Grandes Salles des Assemblées, Salles du Conseil et Dépendances (floor plans), Grande Salle des Assemblées, Salle du Conseil and des Dépendances (floor plans), Secretariat General (floor plans, west elevation, court elevation, park elevation, section), lake elevation, Salle des Assemblées (court elevation), Grande Salle (sections), exterior perspective from courtyard, bird's-eye view perspective.

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Nobbs’s proposal for the League of Nations Assembly Hall and Secretariat at Geneva, Switzerland was described in The Architect and Building News, as “the one deserving of first mention.” Nobbs’s arrangement, placing the assembly Hall as an isolated unit, with its main frontage facing the Lake allowed for the maximum amount of light and ventilation to the offices. The interior, with imposing dimensions, breadth of scale and a very wide decorative panel, bounded at its upper extremity by the sweep of a vast curve, was considered in many respects, the finest of all interiors submitted by the competitors. (“The British Designs at Geneva,” Archt Build News 118 [December 9 1927]: 881.)

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