In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are building big, sprawling campuses. Despite being in what feels like an overbuilt region, the companies continue to find open spaces to extend their footprint.
But in Shenzhen, China, Internet goliath Tencent finds itself in even tighter quarters. So when it decided to build a new headquarters, it needed to go up, rather than out.
The company hired architectural firm NBBJ, which is also designing Amazon's distinct biodome campus in downtown Seattle. The firm's idea: Try to take the concept of a big, open campus and turn it on its side in the form a tower.