Dezeen Debate Presents Fosters + Partners’ “Futuristic” Skyscrapers

The latest edition of our weekly Dezeen Debate newsletter features a pair of Foster + Partners skyscrapers in Shenzhen, China. Subscribe to Dezeen 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 meter high towers are connected by a 90 meter long suspension bridge located 105 meters above the ground. Inside, column-free interior spaces contain dedicated four-story drone flight test labs.

Readers enjoyed the “futuristic” look of the skyscrapers while simultaneously recalling the 1986 headquarters of Foster + Partners in Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in Hong Kong.

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

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

Other stories in this week’s newsletter include Westminster City Council’s plans to renew the Ebury Estate in Pimlico using elements from the dismantled marble mound, Kim’s five-piece concrete home accessories collection Kardashians and supporters’ plans for a Toronto tower informed by “review clouds”.

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