Zaha Hadid Architects completes dune-like Beeah Headquarters in Sharjah

Exterior of Beeah Headquarters

Zaha Hadid Architects took visual cues from undulating desert dunes when creating the sinuous headquarters for environmental management company Beeah Group in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, the long-awaited Beeah Headquarters takes the form of a series “of interconnecting dunes” that echo its Al Sajaa desert surroundings.

Exterior of Beeah Headquarters in Sharjah
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the Beeah Headquarters in Sharjah

The 9,000-square-metre building serves as a management and administrative centre for Beeah Group. According to Zaha Hadid Architects, it has a focus on sustainability to reflect the company’s work.

It is powered by a solar array and meets LEED Platinum standards – the highest certification awarded by the green building certification program – setting “a new benchmark for future workplaces”.

Sharjah office building by Zaha Hadid
Its sinuous form is intended to evoke sand dunes

“The headquarters is the latest milestone for Beeah Group as it continues to pioneer innovations for Sharjah and across the globe, establishing a base of operations for the group to diversify into new, future-critical industries,” said Zaha Hadid Architects.

“With their new headquarters, Beeah demonstrates how technology can scale sustainable impact and ultimately serve as a blueprint for tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities.”

Aerial view of Beeah Headquarters
It is clad in glass fibre-reinforced concrete

While echoing the surrounding sand dunes, the form of the Beeah Headquarters is also designed and orientated to withstand extreme weather conditions experienced on the site.

The building is powered by a solar array linked to Tesla battery packs, which the studio said meets the building’s energy demand throughout each day and night.

Building in Sharjah desert
Glazing is limited to limit solar gain

Glazing is minimised across the office to prevent exposure to the harsh desert sun, while glass fibre-reinforced concrete panels across the exterior help to regulate internal temperatures.

There are also on-site water treatment facilities that filter wastewater to minimise consumption.

Domed interior of Beeah Headquarters
The spaces are designed to maximise natural light despite limited glazing

Inside, the building is divided into two wings. One houses the Beeah Group’s public and management departments while the other contains the administrative zone.

These areas are connected by a central courtyard, described by Zaha Hadid Architects as an “oasis within the building” that helps provide natural ventilation.

Office atrium by Zaha Hadid Architects
A 15-metre-high domed foyer features inside

A highlight of the interior is the building’s 15-metre-high domed foyer, which has been designed to enhance natural ventilation and allow natural light to filter through.

The headquarters also features a visitors centre, auditorium and ​​smart meeting rooms designed to facilitate collaboration with remote and office workers.

All internal spaces are positioned to ensure ample natural light and outward views without requiring expanses of glass.

A smart building management system has been incorporated to automatically adjust lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and the time of day.

Auditorium by Zaha Hadid Architects
An auditorium is among the facilities inside

Zaha Hadid Architects was established in 1980 by Hadid and is now headed up by Patrik Schumacher. It won the competition to create the Beeah Headquarters in 2013, which it designed in collaboration with engineers and consultants Atelier Ten and Buro Happold.

Other recently completed projects by the studio include a multi-level city park in Nicosia and the One Thousand Museum in Miami. This year it is also due to complete a palatial football stadium in China, which is featured in our roundup of 12 architecture projects to look forward to in 2022.

The photography is by Hufton+Crow.


Project credits:

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Project director: Sara Sheikh Akbari
Commercial director: Charles Walker
Project team: Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, John Simpson, Matthew Le Grice, Maria Chaparro, Frenji Koshy, Leo Alves, Erwan Gallou, Vivian Pashiali, Alia Zayani, Alessandra Lazzoni, Dennis Brezina, Eider Fernandez-Eibar, Rasha Al-shami, Marco Pavoni, Ben Kikkawa, Maria Vergopoulou-Efstathiou, Haohao Chen, Thanh Dao
Phase 1 project director: Tariq Khayyat
Phase 1 project architect: Kutbuddin Nadiadi
Design team: Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, Yuxi Fu, Xiaosheng Li, Edward Luckmann, Eleni Mente, Kwanphil Cho, Mu Ren, Harry Ibbs, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Thomas Jensen, Alexandra Fisher, Spyridon Kaprinis, John Randle, Bechara Malkoun, Reda Kessanti, Carolina López-Blanco, Takehiko Iseki, Matthew Johnston, Sabrina Sayed, Zohra Rougab, Carl Khourey, Anas Younes, Lauren Barclay, Mubarak Al Fahim
Competition team: Xiaosheng Li, Gerry Cruz, Yuxi Fu, Drew Merkle, Lauren Barclay, Mostafa El Sayed, Alia Zayani, Mubarak Al Fahim
Structure, facade, acoustic, transport and civil consultant: Buro Happold
MEP, lighting, fire protection and life safety consultant: Atelier Ten
Sustainability consultant (design stage): Atelier Ten
Sustainability consultant (construction stage): Buro Happold
Cost consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Project manager: Matthews Southwest
Landscape: Francis Landscape
Local architect: Bin Dalmouk, DSA Architects International
Main contractor: Al Futtaim Construction

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