Zaha Hadid-Designed HQ Meets LEED Platinum
The new headquarters for environmental management company Beeah Group in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, have recently reached completion.
Opened on March 30 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, the company’s new headquarters—designed by Zaha Hadid Architects—resemble the surrounding Al Sajaa desert dunes.
According to World Architecture, the project was one of the last to be designed by the late Zaha Hadid prior to her passing in 2016. The headquarters was designed in collaboration with her partner, Patrik Schumacher.
About the HQ
Totaling 9,000 square meters (nearly 97,000 square feet), the Beeah Group headquarters features a 15-meter-high dome at its entrance, which reportedly serves to enhance natural ventilation and allow passive daylight to enter the building.
In addition to the iconic opening, the structure’s exterior is reported to be made up of glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels, which are reported to help regulate internal temperatures as well as withstand extreme weather conditions. Glazing throughout the structure was also minimized as to prevent exposure to the harsh desert sun.
According to reports, the building was constructed as a center for Beeah Group’s management and administrative teams. Zaha Hadid procured a high percentage of local materials to construct the facility and also ensured that the building would be equipped with future-ready technologies.
These technologies, such as the solar farm which charges to Tesla battery packs to supply energy both day and night for the building and the onsite water treatment filtration system, among others, work to meet the structure’s LEED Platinum standards.
Touted at the highest certification awarded by the green building certification program, LEED Platinum promotes net-zero emissions and minimal energy consumption, setting “a new benchmark for future workplaces.”
“The headquarters is the latest milestone for Beeah Group as it continues to pioneer innovations for Sharjah and across the globe, establishing a base of operations for the group to diversify into new, future-critical industries,” said Zaha Hadid Architects.
“With their new headquarters, Beeah demonstrates how technology can scale sustainable impact and ultimately serve as a blueprint for tomorrow's smart, sustainable cities.”
Inside, employees and visitors alike are met with the domed entrance extending into the interior foyer. Reported to be a central “oasis within the building,” the area splits the building into two separate wings for management and administrative departments. On either side, the offices are designed in an open floor plan, complete with smart meeting rooms for facilitating meetings between office and remote employees.
Reports indicate that a smart building management system was incorporated to automatically adjust lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and the time of day.
The building is also noted to have an auditorium, central courtyard and an immersive visitors center.
Having been designed by Hadid and Schumacher, other notable companies on the project included Sustainability (Design) Atelier Ten, Sustainability (Construction) Buro Happold, Project Manager Matthews Southwest and Main Contractor Al Futtaim Construction.