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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Zaha Hadid, Bee’ah HW in Sharjah (UAE)

The project drawn up by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher for the new headquarters of the waste management company Bee’ah has been unveiled. The location is Sharjah, capital of the emirate of the same name. Resulting from careful analysis of the desert site and the attendant environmental factors, the formal composition resembles an intersection of dunes oriented in response to the region’s dominant winds. The 7,000-square-meter complex rises 18 meters. The program includes educational facilities and exhibition spaces, distributing them in two main volumes connected by a central court. Advanced solutions are incorporated into the design to minimize the construction’s consumption of energy, water, and materials, which are partly recycled. The exterior finishes reflect solar rays, and a facade can be activated to increase natural ventilation. In its reliance on renewable energy sources – through photovoltaic cells and the conversion of municipal residues in the adjacent Bee’ah waste management center – the building aspires to be an icon of sustainability in the United Arab Emirates.
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