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BEEAH Headquarters nominated for Building of the Year

The BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE has been nominated as a “Building of the Year” by ArchDaily. Public voting now open via this link

Now their 14th year, the “Building of the Year Awards recognise the most exceptional works from over 4,500 projects submitted to ArchDaily over the past year.

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.

Ensuring all internal spaces are provided with ample daylight and views while limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh desert 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.

Designed to LEED Platinum certification and net zero operations, the headquarters incorporates a high percentage of locally procured materials including GRC panels reducing solar gain. On-site water treatment filtrates wastewater 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 the ZHA team designed BEEAH Headquarters in collaboration with Atelier Ten and Buro Happold.

Photograph by Luke Hayes