From yoga studios to the un headquarters
What do yoga studios, relaxation rooms, and the headquarters of the United Nations have in common? Perhaps responsiveness to human's basic need for stillness. An early and groundbreaking example of a space for reflection can be found at the UN headquarters in Manhattan, New York. When the Swede Dag Hammarskjöld took over as Secretary-General in 1953 for the intergovernmental and peacekeeping organization, he was met by his predecessor, with the words: "Welcome to the most impossible job in the world."
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This house must have one room dedicated to silence
Perhaps those words contributed to the fact that Hammarskjöld in 1957 initiated a religion-neutral, carefully decorated, meditation room. A place where employees were allowed to land and recharge their batteries. Outside the quiet room, there are activities all day, every day. When Hammarskjöld got asked questions about the need for the room, he replied: "This house must have one room dedicated to silence." Establish your own physical and mental free zone with a wallpaper specially designed for the purpose and claim your space!