Construction has begun in Sharjah for Bee’ah’s spectacular headquarters, designed by late Zaha Hadid. When the Iraqi-British architect died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year on March 31, 2016, while being treated in a Miami hospital for bronchitis, the world of architecture had lost one of its stars.
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner for 2004 Zaha Hadid poses Sunday, March 14, 2004, in West Hollywood, California. (AP)
Fully powered by renewable energy, Beeah’s new headquarters stands out in its optimum use of resources, while becoming one with the magnificent desert, through the fluidity of its composition. (Beea'h)
Imprint in the UAE
A poster of late Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-born British architect, has been fixed on the elevation of under construction Opus mixed-use building, designed by her in Dubai, UAE, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Pritzker Architecture Prize winner for 2004 Hadid, died from a heart attack aged 65 on March 31, 2016. (AP)
The others that are being built are the Performing Arts Centre in Abu Dhabi’s Sadiyaat Cultural District, the Opus mixed-use tower in Dubai, and now the Sharjah environment firm Bee’ah’s new headquarters.
Bee’ah’s management, while condoling her death, had said at that time that it had been engaged with Zaha Hadid’s firm since 2013 and were “privileged to have had her direct input and know-how informing the direction and design of our new Headquarters project, here in Sharjah.”
“As the largest fully integrated environmental waste management company in the Arabian Gulf region, the design and functionality of the 8,500 sq. meter building and 90,000 sq. meter site needed to reflect the natural environment of the UAE.
To this end, Hadid’s design of “intersecting sand dunes” is both iconic and relevant to Bee’ah’s environmental principles.
“Its innovative design, inspired by sand formations created by the wind movement and direction, addresses advanced environmental solutions in terms of structure, work environment and visitor-staff interactivity,” the company said.
Hadid’s firm understanding of the building’s need “to be seamlessly integrated into its natural environment, led to innovations for orientating the intersecting sand dunes design so as to optimize the prevailing Shamal (desert) winds, for natural ventilation.”