Scheme consists of two towers linked by a skybridge

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Foster & Partners has completed a two-tower headquarters for Chinese robotics giant DJI

Foster & Partners has unveiled images of its newly completed headquarters for Chinese robotics and drone firm DJI.

Located in the southern city of Shenzhen, it consists of two towers of 40 and 44 storeys linked by a 90m-long ‘skybridge’.

DJI is the world’s largest manufacturers of camera and drone technology. Founded in 2006, it now accounts for around 70% of the world’s consumer drone market.

Norman Foster said he had been using DJI products for more than a decade. “Drone technology has changed the way we experience the world around us, while pushing the boundaries of aerial possibilities,” the Foster & Partners founder and executive chairman said.

He added: “We are delighted to have partnered with DJI in creating their new headquarters in Shenzhen, which will be the company’s premier centre of research and innovation.”

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The buildings are connected by a 90m-long skybridge

The 200m-tall towers unite DJI staff who have been scattered between several Shenzhen buildings during the company’s rapid growth.

The firm’s office, research, and development areas are arranged in volumes cantilevered from central cores by large megatrusses, the first use of an asymmetrical suspension steel structure in high-rise towers of this scale. The towers also house four storeys of drone flight testing labs.

Each of the lobbies features a black pine tree surrounded by a Zen garden, set against a striated wall made of rammed-earth.

Fosters is also designing a major transport scheme in the region. The Guangming Hub will link Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou by connecting a high speed rail line with three metro lines.

The development will also include a cluster of towers featuring cantilevered volumes similar to the ones seen on the DJI headquarters.