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BEEAH Headquarters finalist in SBID International Design Awards 2022

BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, has been named finalist for the Society of British International Interior Design (SBID) International Design Awards 2022, in the office design category.

The SBID International Design Awards recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories, judged on their technical content and aesthetic creativity by leading industry experts as well as the public.

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 to achieve net-zero emissions with future-ready technologies for minimal energy consumption.

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 and ridges that become convex when they intersect.

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.

With a high percentage of locally procured materials including GRC panels reducing solar gain, the headquarters’ 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 building’s smart management system automatically adjusts lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day.

Zaha Hadid and the ZHA team designed the BEEAH Headquarters in collaboration with Atelier Ten, BuroHappold Engineering, Matthews Southwest, Al Futtaim Construction & Engineering.

The SBID portal is now open for voting until Wednesday 24th August at 5pm (BST).

Vote for BEEAH Headquarters here

Photograph by Hufton+Crow