Dezeen Debate features Foster + Partners’ “futuristic” Shenzhen skyscrapers

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The latest edition of our weekly Design Daily Debate newsletter features a bridged pair of Foster + Partners skyscrapers in Shenzhen, China. Subscribe to Design Daily Debate now.

British architecture studio Foster + Partners has completed DJI Sky City, two skyscrapers in Shenzhen designed as the headquarters of drone manufacturer DJI.

The 200-metre-high towers are connected by a 90-meter-long suspension bridge that is located 105 metres above the ground. Inside, column-free interior spaces contain four-storey-high dedicated drone flight testing labs.

Readers appreciated the “futuristic” look of the skyscrapers while simultaneously being reminded of Foster + Partners’ 1986 Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Headquarters in Hong Kong.

“A visually refreshing design with impressive structural clarity”, wrote one commenter, while another called them “proper futuristic.”

Elements of the Marble Arch Mound are set to be reused at Ebury estate
Elements of MVRDV’s Marble Arch Mound are set to be reused at the Ebury estate in Pimlico, London

Other stories in this week’s newsletter include Westminister City Council’s plans to renew the Ebury estate in Pimlico using elements of the dismantled Marble Arch Mound, Kim Kardashians’ five-piece concrete home accessories collection and Partisans’ plans for a Toronto tower informed by “revision clouds”.

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