Foster + Partners designs Shenzhen drone-maker’s HQ complete with “robot fighting rings”

UK architect Foster + Partners has designed a headquarters for Chinese drone manufacturer and robotics firm DJI.

Foster + Partners said the project, which is currently under construction in Shenzhen, adapts the "traditional idea of office space to form a creative community in the sky".

The project’s twin towers are linked by a sky bridge which can be used to test drones, and will combine research and development space with offices and other public functions.

Foster + Partners said that floors were "arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel megatrusses", which create "large, column-free spaces throughout, with unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs".

The ground floor features a public exhibition space, showcasing DJI’s technology and a theatre that will be used for product launches.

Facilities for staff will include everything from gymnasiums to "robot fighting rings", according to the architect.

Grant Brooker, Foster + Partners head of studio, 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."

Images courtesy of Foster + Partners

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