The inauguration of the new Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an important landmark in the Organizations effort to acquire the necessary infrastructure to reinforce its scientific and technical programmes for the benefit of its Member countries.
Utilizing both innovative and time-honored techniques of energy conservation, the elegant structure bears testimony to the commitment of WMO to the protection of the environment and the rational and economical use of energy. Architects Brodbeck & Roulet have created a modern workplace which encapsulates the dynamics of WMO in its role of coordinating worldwide efforts of the national Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), in the monitoring and prediction of weather and global climate change and the management of water resources to improve the well-being of our planet.
The capital costs of this extraordinary and beautiful building will be recouped in reduced overheads through energy conservation and higher productivity through human-centered design. It is at once pragmatic and emblematica response to geography from the creativity of science and an example of builders everywhere that the foundations of the future are firmly based on our common past.