Zaha Hadid designs dune-inspired
headquarters for environmental firm

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Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

News: Zaha Hadid has designed a building shaped like a field of sand dunes to house the headquarters of Middle Eastern environmental company Bee'ah.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

The 7,000-square-metre building will be constructed in Sharjah, in the north of the United Arab Emirates, and will house the administrative and public activities of the company, which specialises in waste management.



Entirely powered by renewable energy sources, the proposed building has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to resemble "a series of intersecting dunes" orientated to follow the direction of the prevailing Shamal winds.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

The two largest dune forms will house the management offices, visitor facilities and administration department. Where the forms overlap, a protected courtyard will offer a breakout space for staff.

According to Bee'ah, this "oasis" will provide the building's interiors with "high quality daylight and views" whilst limiting the amount of glazing exposed to the harsh sun.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

The curving exterior walls will be clad in materials selected for their ability to reflect the sun's rays.

Parts of this skin and the building's structure will have standard orthogonal dimensions, allowing them to be constructed from reclaimed materials sourced from local construction and demolition waste.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects will collaborate with engineer Buro Happold and environmental consultant Atelier Ten to ensure the project minimises material wastage and energy consumption.

A ventilation energy recovery system will reduce the need for mechanical cooling systems, while photovoltaic cells will be integrated in the surrounding landscape to provide the building with solar power.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

Once complete, the building will facilitate the company's education programme, working with schools to teach children about their role in the environment.

Bee'ah HQ by Zaha Hadid

It will operate alongside Bee'ah's waste management centre, which includes a material recovery facility, a construction waste recycling centre, a compost plant and a tyre recycling facility.


Project credits:

Client: Bee'ah
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher ZHA Project Associate: Tariq Khayyat
ZHA Project Architect: Kutbuddin Nadiadi
ZHA Design Team: Xiaosheng Li, Gerry Cruz, Yuxi Fu, Drew Merkle, Vivian Pashiali, Edward Luckmann, Eleni Mente, Kwanphil Cho, Mu Ren, Harry Ibbs, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, Thomas Jensen, Alexandra Fisher, Spyridon Kaprinis
ZHA Competition Team: Xiaosheng Li, Gerry Cruz,
Yuxi Fu, Drew Merkle, Lauren Barclay, Mostafa El Sayed, Alia Zayani, Mubarak Al Fahim
Structure/Façade: Buro Happold, Atelier Ten
Cost: Gardiner & Theobald
Landscape: Francis Landscape
Renders: MIR

  • Chris MacDonald

    Haters gonna hate, but I really like this one!

    • Concerned Citizen

      That’s the best comment you can come up with?

    • Ralph Kent

      ‘Haters gonna hate’ – should be automatically added by Dezeen as a first comment after every article they publish on Hadid. So banal and predictable, but in that regard I suppose it could also be considered appropriate.

      • atd roy

        So banal and predictable you are going to attack her. Go back to your box and let some of the world breathe and flow freely…

        • Ralph Kent

          Comprehension perhaps not your thing? I was commenting on the banality of the comment ‘haters gonna hate’, which is clearly an unfair slight on anyone who isn’t a slavering Hadid sycophant, as well as being incredibly banal and predictable from the Hadid fanboys.

          Some of us have critical, thinking brains in our heads, so how about extending us the same courtesy that you clearly think you’re entitled to?

          • atd roy

            Yes I comprehend that you are a top commenter on this section and I wonder why. Or are you just being critical with Hadid’s work?

          • Ralph Kent

            I was being critical of the bland inevitability of a Hadid fanboy trotting out “haters going to hate” with their usual lack of imagination. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

            RE Hadid. There’s nothing to hate as such. It’s all just very disappointing, formulaic ubiquitous branding without true engagement with any brief. An environmental firm using copious amounts if concrete-based material to create some arbitrary lazy sand dune forms in the desert, masquerading as parametric design? Right oh…

            If that’s in an way advancing the profession/mankind’s achievements then I surrender.

          • B G

            Maybe you should learn more about the project before judging it, there isn’t really much concrete used here. The client’s concrete aggregate produced from its construction demolition waste will be utilised greatly in the project.

            And actually the brief was studied well, engagement of client was there from day one and all comments were taken into consideration.

            From your negative comments on Hadid or other architects looks like all you really deserve is “haters gonna hate”, because you are not willing to listen to actual facts of the matter rather you like giving superficial comments based on your perception of the renders.

          • Ralph Kent

            You’re clearly entitled to your opinion, but it’s not the case. I just wish ZHA would be a bit more upfront about the wilfulness of their designs rather than pretending that they are truly doing parametric design.

            If they would desist with that fake design overlay, then there’s nothing to stop any client buying into a rather simplistic form-making exercise that will likely consume vast amounts of materials more than a more rational structure and come in many times over budget with vast areas if unusable space.

            It is any clients prerogative to make such an appointment. I personally find the whole faux “parametric design” overlay insulting to the intelligence of the readership, but equally I recognise that is just something I need to deal with and get over.

            I think a lot of the best Swiss architects working on tight urban sites in Switzerland are doing parametricism, whereas ZHA clearly are not and the fact they have hijacked what is an important way if designing and now people think it is all about the spline irks me.

          • Chris MacDonald

            Who said anything about being a fanboy? I’ve slated her work enough times, and with enough reason too; but the sheer number of negative comments she garners are not representative of the quality of her designs – not that I am saying they are beyond reproach either.

            I just think it’s interesting that she’s almost become this “hate figure”, regardless of what she does; people see Zaha and cry “oh no, please stop”.

    • janine

      There is such a strong element of that with Hadid. I am convinced it is to some extent because she is a woman.

      • dan

        Absolutely not true, people just hate her work because it’s grotesque. We don’t call people feminists because they like it.

        • davvid

          It’s because she is successful and a woman.

          I think it’s more about her being successful than a woman. She’s achieving amazing things and that infuriates people.

          • Ralph Kent

            What infuriates me is the obsession with ego and brand that her work embodies. It is a sad defection and indictment on late 20th century, early 21st century culture.

          • davvid

            Its not Hadid’s obsession. The obsession is coming from the public and the media. Their focus on celebrity over ideas and innovation is not Hadid’s fault. She’s achieving great things, you can’t fault her for that.

          • Ralph Kent

            No, I can. She’s perpetuating and profiting from the vapid global consumer branding she’s trotting out with her pseudo-parametric designs. I don’t blame her for the mass public obsession with icon and brand image, but I do blame her for embracing it so eagerly and pretending her work is something it is not (defined by parameters – unless those parameters are just ‘lots if curves’.

            I disagree she is doing great things, but that’s down to the subjective definition of ‘great’.

          • davvid

            What about the many people who experience Hadid’s architecture without knowing who Zaha Hadid is? Is her brand image still relevant within that experience of her architecture?

  • JFS

    Wow. Inspired by sand dunes in desert! How creative…

  • Egoism

    Hadid seems to be the perfect architect for projects in the desert.

  • Ariel

    I like it too. This kind of environment suits her fluid design much better than a downtown setting.

  • Discorave

    Not usually a fan of Zaha but this one is beautiful.

  • Bored

    It’s still Zaha Hadid doing the same thing yet again.

  • DaBronxY

    I really like this project, I feel at one with the images.

  • Burrlamb

    The oasis is sand dunes? A mirage, perhaps, or perfection for a waste management company.

  • JW

    Not a fan of Zaha hadid, but this suits the environment really well and it looks beautiful!

  • LV

    Voila Zaha, all your projects should be in the desert!
    Congrats on this one, it will look even better covered in sand.

  • Neil MKE

    Why would an environmental firm sign off on such an enormous waste of materials for a nominal aesthetic? This is disheartening.

  • Archie-Nerd

    These are the most structurally realistic and romantic renderings I’ve seen from the office. I really like this project.

  • Michel

    Where is the giant worm? Zaha Hadid should should with Jodorowsky!

  • Misfits Architecture

    25°17’26.37″N 55°38’43.56″E are the coordinates of the Bee’ah Waste Management Facility. Romantic desert or industrial park?

  • Fe

    She’s brilliant. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  • Francino

    Zaha has found the right context for her brand.

  • Jake

    Stop. Stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.

  • Peter

    You can only almost prefer the Cambodian building if you don’t consider the special climate and weather. This building is completely improper for these conditions.

  • j

    I think Dezeen readers have it engrained into their psyche to hate on everything Zaha does. Yes some of her work looks a lot like female genitalia, yes she designed that hideous piece of sh** that was apparently a billboard, but disregarding every piece she does because of her mistakes is just ignorant.

    My point, this is beautiful.

  • dan

    Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, done.

  • spadestick

    That reflection pond needs to be indoors, considering the high rate of evaporation in the desert. It will need to be constantly topped up. Such a waste of a precious resource.

  • Ralph Kent

    The difference being that Hadid and Schumacher pretend their work is Parametricism – i.e. it should be informed by key parameters relating to programme, client, site, etc. How can so many supposedly parametric designs in so many different contexts for such various clients and users end up looking so similar?

    • davvid

      They look similar because they’re being designed by the same human beings and are part of a larger body of work. But as we can all see, there are indeed major differences from project to project because the projects are site, program and client specific.

  • Daniel Brown

    Love it. Wish we could get something like that in London…

  • Alan

    Looks like panties and bras.

  • Federico Nassetti

    it would make an excellent Swoop Racer.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Design architects always design anew, fitting the building for purpose and environment, making it contextual. Zaha Hadid has proven void of that virtue.

  • Mr Carl Thomson

    This building is amazing, the concept of energy consumption is completely utilised. Great job.