Following an international competition held in 2013, Bee’ah – a leading middle eastern environmental and waste management company – has commissioned Zaha Hadid to build its new headquarters. Located in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest urban centers, the sweeping design will contain educational facilities and exhibition spaces, enabling the company to further its engagement with both local and international audiences.
The structure’s formal composition references its desert context, envisioned as a series of intersecting sand dunes, oriented in response to the region’s prevailing winds. The site’s two primary peaks contain the site’s public and management section (an entrance lobby, auditorium, visitors’ education center and a gallery), and administrative areas, which house departmental offices and a staff café. Internally, spacious volumes offer occupants a high quality of daylight and external views, while limiting the amount of glazing exposed to the harsh Emirati sun.
The development embodies Bee’ah’s company principles through the provision of an administrative center of LEED platinum certification. All power required for the building will be generated via low and zero carbon sources, principally from the adjacent waste management center that converts municipal waste into energy. This will be supplemented by a large arrays of photovoltaic cells, integrated within the scheme’s landscaping. the building and overall site will also be used as a learning resource to demonstrate practical environmental awareness to the wider community.
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