7. India UN Mission
Located on 10 E 77th St in Midtown East, the India UN Mission is designed in stark contrast with the Consulate General of India. Designed by Charles Correa, a leading architect in India who was known for his interest in cultural iconography, the building features a “red granite base topped by a canyon red aluminum curtain wall” which alludes to the red sandstone architecture of Northern India.
From across the street, the building’s double-height penthouse porch is a nod to the Indian “barsati,” an architectural feature used for open-air sleeping. Above the porch, the 28-story building also serves as residential quarters for mission employees, who can be seen entering and exiting the building’s monolithic bronze entryway throughout the day.