THE WTO: BUILDING
Renovation and extension of the WTO building
In August 2008, the WTO embarked on a project to renovate and extend the Centre William Rappard (CWR). The project consisted of three phases: modernisation of the CWR infrastructure; an increase in the capacity of the CWR; and construction of an adjoining building. The main construction work was due to be completed by end 2012.
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Organization of the project
The first phase (2008 — end 2011) includes renovating the CWR (including transforming the General Council Room and increasing its capacity). During this period, the CWR infrastructure (electricity, plumbing, heating, etc.) will be rehabilitated and modernized. New meeting rooms will be created.
The second phase (early 2010 — end 2012) will involve densifying and increasing the indoor capacity of the CWR. During this phase, the WTO will be endowed with a new main lobby and more large meeting rooms.
> North courtyard
> South courtyard
> Architect's plan showing increased seating capacity
The third phase (2010 — end 2012) will see the CWR extended with the construction of an annexe.
> Press release: The new WTO building will be unobtrusive and respectful of the environment
> Architect's views of the WTO new building (indicative images)