Have a look inside DJI’s new Shenzhen headquarters, designed by the architects behind Apple’s ‘spaceship’ campus: Digital Pictures Evaluate


DJI has opened its new headquarters, named DJI Sky Metropolis, in Shenzhen, China, to unite its employees beneath one roof. On this case, there are a number of totally different and well-manicured rooftops. However, the concept is {that a} main producer in drone and digital camera know-how can now present a extra collaborative atmosphere versus having its staff unfold out throughout totally different buildings.

DJI views itself as a ‘cutting-edge innovation hub’ and wished its places of work to replicate this ethos. Award-winning architectural agency Foster + Companions, recognized for designing Apple’s Cupertino, California-based headquarters, is answerable for the construction that consists of two 200-meter-tall towers, of 40 and 44 tales, respectively, related by a 90-meter bridge.

A 90-meter bridge connects the 2 principal towers, symbolizing DJI’s aerial strategy to linking all departments and attaining a typical purpose.

Superior structure is rife with symbolism and DJI’s headquarters is not an exception. In accordance with the corporate, that is the primary use of an asymmetrical suspension metal construction in high-rise towers of this scale. Floating containers containing workplace areas, plus analysis and improvement hubs, are ‘cantilevered from central cores by massive megatrusses’ – creating the phantasm of floating towers when considered from a distance.

The construction’s design is a bodily illustration of DJI’s full identify, Da-Jiang Improvements or “Innovation with out Borders” translated from Mandarin. V-shaped trusses that form the areas related to the towers get rid of the necessity for the columns that outline conventional workplace areas. That is meant so as to add an openness – together with 4-story flight testing areas – which fosters a extra collaborative atmosphere.

On the floor degree, lifted volumes containing greenery are drawn in to the bottom of the buildings via a sloping backyard. This backyard is open to the general public, as is a healthcare heart that’s obtainable on the bottom ground. Every foyer incorporates a black pine coupled with a zen backyard set in opposition to a striated metallic wall panel created by a rammed Earth course of. The message? Future progress co-exists with the corporate’s deep roots.

4-story-high flight testing areas could be discovered amongst the places of work.

The corporate additionally wished to pay respect to Shenzhen and the neighborhood by making certain that the constructing contained sustainable components. The workplace floorplates maximize daylight, thus lowering power consumption. A system that harvests rainwater and recycles grey water was additionally integrated by Foster + Companions.

Gardens and a public healthcare house on the bottom ground are supposed to present look after the Shenzhen neighborhood at massive.

‘It took us six years to construct the brand new DJI Headquarters, which is the results of the knowledge and dedication of DJI and our valued companions,’ mentioned Frank Wang, Founder and CEO of DJI. ‘We see Sky Metropolis as a product in contrast to any we’ve ever made: our actual house […] This begins with a piece atmosphere that’s each sensible and pleasant. I hope that Sky Metropolis will encourage all of us to work collectively and scale new heights of progress, knowledge, and potentialities to develop options that profit society.’