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BEEAH Headquarters wins four more awards

BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, was recently named winner of four additional international awards. The headquarters was awarded Architectural Design of The Year at this year’s BLT Built Design Awards, named winner of the Society of British International Interior Design (SBID) International Design Awards 2022, won the PLAN awards 2022 and received Gold at this year's WAN Awards.

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.

BLT Built Design Award winners 2022

SBID International Design Awards 2022 winners

The PLAN Awards 2022 winners

WAN Awards 2022 winners

Photograph by Luke Hayes