Zaha Hadid Architects presented new details regarding the project for the extension of the headquarters of the Middle Eastern environmental company Bee’ah located in the heart of the desert.
The astonishing dune shaped 7,000-square-meter building will be build in the region of Sharjah, the northern part of the United Arab Emirates, and it will be powered by renewable energy sources partially following the recycling methods presented in Frank Herbert’s science-fiction books Dune.
“The formal composition of the new Bee’ah Headquarters building has been informed by its desert context as a series of intersecting dunes orientated to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds, and designed to provide its interiors with high-quality daylight and views whilst limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh sun,” stated Zaha Hadid Architects.
Zaha Hadid Architects will collaborate with the environmental consultant Atelier Ten and the engineer Buro Happold to settle on the best ways to minimize the energy consumption and material waste.
The Bee’ah building will be partially powered by photovoltaic panels and energy generated at the waste management facility.
The walls are curved and constructed with special materials that are able to reflect the hard sun of the desert while controlling the inside temperature of the building with the help of special openings in the façade.
“Individual elements of the building’s structure and skin are of standard orthogonal dimensions, enabling significant portions to be constructed from materials recovered from the local construction and demolition waste streams managed by Bee’ah, minimising demand for new materials,” added the Zaha Hadid Architects.
The method of water recycling presented in the Dune book will be used: the waste heart from the air conditioning system will provide hot water.
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