Zaha Hadid reveals new plans for a futuristic building in the Arabian Desert
Bee’ah's new headquarters in Sharjah
Leading environmental and waste management company Bee'ah announced that Zaha Hadid had won its design competition in 2013, commissioning the iconic architect to build its new headquarters in Sharjah, UAE.
Hadid's design will house educational facilities and exhibition spaces, which Bee'ah will implement in order to encourage both local and international audiences. The new HQ serves as part of Bee’ah’s ongoing investment to transform attitudes and behaviours in society, by providing the necessary tools to help them to achieve their environmental goals. Bee’ah work towards creating a community that provides zero-waste to landfill, cleaner air, renewable energy and sustainable future targets.
Hadid was inspired directly by the location's desert surroundings, with the new plans revealing a structure that resembles a sand dune caught amidst a sand storm. The building will run on power generated from low and zero carbon sources, such as the nearby waste management centre that will covert municipal waste into energy.
The futuristic design encompasses 75,347 sq ft of floor space and a tranquil pool of reflective water surrounds the inner courtyard, whilst greenery peppers the interior via small grassy areas.
London-based environmental design company Atelier Ten also collaborated on the project, providing its expertise for low and zero carbon energy sources. The consultants created methods for the new Bee'ah HQ, which include a reduction of energy required for AC, and eco-friendly water resources. In Sharjah's cooler winter months, the building will allow for natural cooling techniques, further minimising the need for AC and energy consumption.
Another eco-friendly element is present via Buro Happold's work with Zaha Hadid's office to ensure that the materials used are sourced in an environmentally friendly way.