Chinese technology giant Huawei has grown to become one the world’s most prominent forces in the tech industry, and close to its company headquarters building work is taking place that reflects that change in stature.
In Dongguan, close to the city of Shenzhen in southern China, the company has built a new campus – one designed to be almost solely for the firm’s research and development efforts.
This campus stands out because it is modelled on a number of European cities, taking architectural inspiration from cities and regions such as Grenada in Spain, Paris, Burgundy, Verona, and Bologna.
Of 12 planned areas, eight are already open, with a space inspired by London also part of future plans.
It is an area of the company in which Huawei invests vast amounts of money – up to 15% of annual revenue goes into research and development – as it looks to unlock the next game-changing technology that could help it lead the industry.
Bridges – and not just ones based on those from European cities – still need to be built.