The new headquarters of the company the BEEAH Group in Sharjah, UAE were opened on 30 March by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.
“Bee’ah Headquarters” is one of the last buildings Zaha Hadid designed before she passed away in 2016. The project was designed with her partner Patrik Schumacher. The group ‘Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) has continued to work on the project and construction of the building.
The 9,000-square-metre building has been designed to achieve net-zero emissions and will be the BEEAH Group’s management and administrative centre. It is powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation technologies for operations at LEED Platinum standards, which sets a new benchmark for future workplaces.
BEEAH Group works in six key industries that include waste management, recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and green mobility. Sustainability and digitalisation are two main principles of the BEEAH Group’s work.
The headquarters comprises two primary dunes that house the public and management departments together with the administrative zone. These rooms are interconnected via a central courtyard, defining an oasis within the building which is integral to its natural ventilation strategy.
“Visitors enter beneath the 15-metre high dome which further enhances natural ventilation and allows passive daylight to enter the building,” said ZHA in its project description. “In addition to the central courtyard and open-plan office, the headquarters incorporates smart meeting rooms, an immersive visitors centre and an auditorium.”
“The building’s smart management system automatically adjusts lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day. The rooms are also equipped for remote and hybrid work scenarios with powerful collaboration tools.”
ZHA stated that the new headquarters is an important achievement for BEEAH Group. The project has been delivered by ZHA in collaboration with sustainability engineers and consultants ‘Atelier Ten’ and ‘Buro Happold’, project managers ‘Matthews Southwest’, construction contractor ‘Al Futtaim Construction’, and MEP engineers ‘Al Futtaim Engineering’. ZHA also worked with smart building technologies Microsoft, Johnson Controls and EVOTEQ and a BEEAH Digital venture.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher.
You can learn more info about the project in the article on World Architecture Community’s website.