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Foster + Partners reveals plans for Shenzhen ‘drone’ towers

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Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for an interconnected pair of towers set to become the headquarters of a leading robotics company in the Chinese city of Shenzhen

Already under construction, the two towers will provide research and development space for DJI, a world-leading consumer and commercial drone manufacturer founded in China.

The twin towers will be linked by a sky bridge, which will also double up as a platform for the firm to showcase its latest technology.


Ground-floor facilities at the new HQ will include state-of-the-art gyms, ‘robot fighting rings’, a new theatre for product launches and a public exhibition space.

The floors of the buildings are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel mega-trusses.

This structure will create large, column-free spaces throughout the buildings, and allow room for quadruple-height areas that will be used for drone flight testing.

Foster + Partners described how the new building defies the traditional idea of office space to form a ‘creative community in the sky’.

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.’

The firm’s founder, Norman Foster, is a well-known advocate of drone technology and has often spoken of how advances in robotics will shape the future of our cities, even designing a ‘droneport’ in Africa to support routes for aerial cargo.

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  • I wonder if Mr Foster has any thoughts on the future part drones can play in an authoritarian society with no human rights worth the name.
    Or is that a prerequisite of giving invention and innovation free rein?

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