UK-based architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for the new headquarters for DJI, a robotics company, currently under construction in Shenzhen, China.
The new building, which is set to be the ‘heart of innovation’ for the company, defies the traditional idea of office spaces to form a creative community in the sky.
Spread across twin towers, the headquarters are arranged such that the research and development spaces are in the east tower, while the office and public functions are in the west tower.
The west tower contains the main entrance, allowing for efficient security and access control.
The office and research spaces in the twin towers are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large megatrusses and circular profiled steel hangers.
The suspension structure reduces the need for columns, creating impressive and uninterrupted office and research spaces.
The company said this also allows for quadruple-height drone flight testing labs, while giving the towers their distinctive identity, against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.
The towers are linked by a feature sky bridge, which, along with the skygardens, will become another platform to showcase the latest drone technology.
Podium at the ground level consists of a series of gardens.
Based on minimalist zen gardens, these are designed as contemplative zones for the creative talent to refresh and reboot.
The ground floor includes a public exhibition space that pays tribute to DJI’s reputation for technological development, in addition to a new theatre for new product launches and a variety of staff facilities ranging from modern gymnasiums to robot fighting rings.
Foster + Partners head of Studio Grant Brooker said: “Our aim is to create a unique workplace environment that embodies the spirit of invention and innovation that has allowed DJI to lead the world in robotics and technology.”