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Three projects by ZHA win Architecture Masterprize 2022

Three projects by Zaha Hadid Architects have won an Architecture Masterprize 2022; BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, named Best of Best in the Commercial category; Infinitus Plaza in Guangzhou, China in the ‘Mixed Use Architecture category; and The Henderson in Hong Kong, China in the ‘Commercial Architecture’ category.

Celebrating creativity and innovation in the fields of architectural design, landscape architecture, and interior design, the Architecture Masterprize mission is to advance the appreciation of quality architectural design worldwide.

The BEEAH 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 sand dunes and ridges. 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.

Infinitus Plaza is the new global headquarters of Infinitus China. Incorporating work environments designed to nurture connectivity, creativity and entrepreneurship, the new headquarters also includes the group’s herbal medicine research facilities and safety assessment labs as well as a learning centre for conferences and exhibitions. Anchoring Guangzhou’s new Baiyun Central Business District as a national centre for China’s health and wellness industries, Infinitus China’s new headquarters combines innovative design and construction technologies with proven sustainability strategies to create spaces that unite all departments and enhance communication throughout the group.

Replacing a multi-storey car park, The Henderson at 2 Murray Road’s design creates an urban oasis adjacent to Chater Garden between Central and Admiralty MTR stations. Sheltering new civic plazas enveloped by nature, the 36-storey design reinterprets the structural forms and layering of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom. Known as the Hong Kong orchid tree, the ‘Bauhinia x blakeana’ was first propagated in the city’s botanic gardens above the Murray Road site and its flowering bud features on Hong Kong’s flag. A high-tensile steel structure provides naturally lit, column-free, Grade A office space with a 5 metre floor-to-floor height giving maximum flexibility and views of the city. Accommodating new patterns of working with enhanced workplace flexibility, the building’s smart management system creates a contactless pathway for all occupants from the street to their workstation. The tower’s Sky Garden is an outdoor recreational space with running track and an aquaponics planting network that acts as an effective biological air-purifying filter by consuming contaminants. The rooftop banqueting hall offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The design has achieved LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum pre-certification together with the highest 3-Star rating of China’s Green Building Rating Program. Construction of the tower began in 2019 with its procurement targeting embodied carbon reductions and the use of recycled materials.

Architecture Masterprize 2022 winners