The new headquarters for DJI, the world’s leading robotics company is located in Nanshan District, to the southwest of Shenzhen. The new building is set to be the ‘heart of innovation’ for the company, defying 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 sensitive research and development spaces are in the east tower, while the office and public functions are in the west tower, which contains the main entrance, allowing for efficient security and access control. At ground level, the podium features a series of gardens that draws the surrounding greenery into the site. Based on minimalist zen gardens, these are designed as contemplative zones where the creative talent can refresh and reboot.
The office and research spaces in the two towers above are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large megatrusses and circular profiled steel hangers. The innovative suspension structure reduces the need for columns, thus creating impressive and uninterrupted office and research spaces. It also allows for quadruple-height drone flight testing labs that are unique to DJI, while giving the towers their distinctive identity, against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.
Located on the top of the floating volumes, the skygardens provide private gardens for the DJI staff to enjoy. The towers are linked by a feature sky bridge, which, along with the skygardens will become another platform for showcasing the latest drone technology.
The ground floor features a public exhibition space that pays tribute to DJI’s extraordinary reputation for technological development, alongside a new theatre for new product launches and a wide variety of staff facilities from state-of-the-art gymnasiums to robot fighting rings.