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BEEAH Headquarters wins 2023 World Architecture Community Award

The new BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE has won a 2023 World Architecture Community Award. Since 2006 and for over 40 cycles, the WA Awards have celebrated projects with the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.

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 and the ZHA team designed the BEEAH Headquarters in collaboration with Atelier Ten and BuroHappold.