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BEEAH Headquarters Sharjah Building
Contemporary Educational Facility in UAE design by Zaha Hadid Architects
16 June 2023
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Location: in the desert south of Sharjah city centre, United Arab Emirates
Zaha Hadid Architects emerge as winners in the fourteenth edition of the world-renowned Rethinking The Future Awards
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New BEEAH Group headquarters in Sharjah by Zaha Hadid Architects
With participation from 40+ Countries and an esteemed jury composed of 25 highly renowned architects and designers, RTF Awards 2023 have come to a close with distinguished winners across 40+ categories.
Zaha Hadid Architects, known for its unconventional and intriguing designs, emerged as the winners in the Built Office building category in Rethinking The Future Awards 2023, celebrating exceptional workplaces. BEEAH Headquarters by ZHA won the first, followed by Warner Music Group by Rockefeller Kempel Architects, and Folded Wings by Form4 Architecture at the second and third spots, respectively.
Powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation technologies for operations at LEED Platinum standards, the new BEEAH Headquarters has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to achieve net-zero emissions and will be the group’s management and administrative centre that sets a new benchmark for future workplaces. Applying a twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, BEEAH Group works across six key industries that include waste management and recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and green mobility. Their new headquarters demonstrates BEEAH’s commitment to building a blueprint for tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities.
Embodying these principles, the headquarters’ design responds to its environment as a series of interconnecting ‘dunes’ orientated and shaped to optimize local climatic conditions. Embedded within its context of Sharjah’s Al Sajaa desert, the design echoes the surrounding landscape shaped by prevailing winds into concave sand dunes. Ensuring all internal spaces are provided with ample daylight and views while limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh sun, the headquarters’ two primary ‘dunes’ house the public and management departments together with the administrative zone that interconnect via a central courtyard, defining an oasis within the building which is integral to its natural ventilation strategy.
Visitors enter beneath the 15-metre high dome which further enhances natural ventilation and allows passive daylight to enter the building. In addition to the central courtyard and open-plan office, the headquarters incorporates smart meeting rooms, an immersive visitors centre and an auditorium.
The 9,000 sq. m BEEAH Headquarters has sustainability at its core with a high percentage of locally procured materials and is equipped with future-ready technologies to enable net-zero operations at LEED Platinum. Glass reinforced fibre panels reduce solar gain while slab and glass cooling regulate interior temperatures for optimum comfort. On-site water treatment filtrates waste water to minimise consumption and its solar farm charges Tesla battery packs to meet the building’s energy demand throughout each day and night.
The employee experience includes contactless pathways, a virtual concierge, smart meeting rooms and a companion app that automates day-to-day tasks. The building’s smart management system automatically adjusts lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day. Workspaces are also equipped for remote and hybrid work scenarios with powerful collaboration tools.
Rethinking The Future Awards 2023 – Jury Comments
Founder, Rethinking The Future
New Delhi, India
“We’re on a mission at RTF to bridge the information gap among the masses worldwide about architecture and everything involved in designing our cities better for the future. Rethinking The Future Awards acknowledge the projects that are innovative and path-breaking and take us one step closer to a more sustainable and better future for us and generations to come.”
Design Director & Founding Partner, Office AIO
“It is always a delight to see projects striving for excellence in their respective categories. Entries with extended emphasis on the building’s / project’s social and environmental roles continue to appeal as they add tangible values to the society at large.”
Creative Director, Maisam Architects
“As a jury member for the Rethinking The Future Awards, I was impressed by the depth of creativity and ingenuity on display. Through their submissions, the participants demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges facing our world and an unwavering commitment to finding innovative solutions.”
Founder / Principal, Office of Mobile Design (OMD)
Los Angeles County, California, United States
“The extraordinary range of projects from across the globe was a privilege to experience as a juror. From material explorations to sustainable strategies at various building scales, the breadth of built projects was refreshing.”
Pinar Dinç Kalaycı
Professor – Department of Architecture, Gazi University
“I am so amazed at the efforts of architects to create environments that have a variety of functions, materials and colors. Each design shows the skill and professionalism that reflect the developments of the 21st century.”
BEEAH Headquarters Sharjah by Zaha Hadid Architects – Building Information
Name: BEEAH Headquarters
Category: Office building (Built)
Studio Name: Zaha Hadid Architects
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
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, VivianPashiali, Alia Zayani, Alessandra Lazzoni, Dennis Brezina, EiderFernandez-Eibar, Rasha Al-shami, Ben Kikkawa, Maria Vergopoulou-Efstathiou,Haohao Chen
Phase 1 Project Director: Tariq Khayyat
Phase 1 Project Architect: Kutbuddin Nadiadi
Design Team: Gerry Cruz, Drew Merkle, Yuxi Fu, XiaoshengLi, Edward Luckmann, Eleni Mente, Kwanphil Cho, Mu Ren, Harry Ibbs, Mostafa ElSayed, Suryansh Chandra, Thomas Jensen, Alexandra Fisher, Spyridon Kaprinis,John Randle, Bechara Malkoun, Reda Kessanti, Carolina López-Blanco, MatthewJohnston, Sabrina Sayed, Zohra Rougab, Carl Khourey, Anas Younes, LaurenBarclay, Mubarak Al Fahim
Competition Team: Xiaosheng Li, Gerry Cruz, Yuxi Fu, Drew Merkle,Lauren Barclay, Mostafa El Sayed, Alia Zayani, Mubarak Al Fahim
Area: 93,000 Sq.M
Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Structure/Façade/Acoustic/Transport& Civil: BuroHappold [London] MEP/ Lighting/Fire Protection & Life Safety: Atelier Ten[London] Sustainability (Design Stage): Atelier Ten [London] Sustainability (Construction Stage): Buro Happold [Dubai] Cost: Gardiner & Theobald [London] Project Manager: Matthews Southwest [Dubai] Landscape: Francis Landscape [Beirut] Local Architect: Bin Dalmouk [Sharjah], DSA ArchitectsInternational [Dubai] Main Contractor: Al Futtaim Construction [Dubai]
Photography Credits: ©Hufton+Crow
The objective of these Architecture awards / architecture competitions is to raise awareness around the strategies Architects and Designers are employing to deal with the contemporary global challenges and to bring the best of such projects into the light to inspire the next generation. RTF Awards in their fourteen editions have seen tremendous evolution in terms of the submissions with focus shifting from aesthetics to sustainability.
Previously on e-architect:
31 March 2022
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Location: in the desert south of Sharjah city centre, UAE
BEEAH Group’s new headquarters now open in Sharjah, UAE
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New BEEAH Group headquarters in Sharjah
BEEAH Group’s new headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, was opened on Wednesday, March 30 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.
Powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation technologies for operations at LEED Platinum standards, the new headquarters has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to achieve net-zero emissions and will be the group’s management and administrative centre that sets a new benchmark for future workplaces.
With their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, BEEAH Group works across six key industries that include waste management and recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and green mobility.
Photographs by Hufton+Crow
BEEAH Group headquarters in Sharjah, UAE images / information from Zaha Hadid Architects 310322
Previously on e-architect:
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: south of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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