The tower in Shenzhen, which will be the first building in the city's new Super Headquarters District, will house the Chinese bank's 13,000 employees.
Foster + Partners envisions a tower with structural cores on the east and west sides, meaning that every office floor – together amounting to 310,000 square metres – will be open and column-free.
Internally this will allow for flexibility in the future, while the location of the cores will also help reduce solar gain – a form of passive heating from the sun.
"The tower's design represents a significant step in the evolution of the workplace, which we have evolved in close partnership with the client to create a highly flexible floorplate that can be adjusted to their fast-changing needs and provide an excellent working environment for their staff," said Grant Brooker head of studio at Foster + Partners.
"The building will be a symbol of the bank's premier status in the industry, embodying its strong legacy while looking firmly towards the future."
A quadruple-height glazed atrium at the top of the building, which will be open to customers of the bank, will house a gallery, event spaces, meeting rooms and dining areas.
A separate art gallery and a fitness facility for employees will be included in the building's lower levels.
Foster + Partners is also designing a 180-metre-high hotel and office tower, along with shops and other cultural amenities, to accompany the headquarters.
"The tower forms part of a new complex that connects with the next phase of the Shenzhen Bay development, featuring a well-connected urban square linked with the metro, retail, cultural spaces and Shenzhen Bay's amazing waterfront," added Young Wei-Yang Chiu, partner at Foster + Partners.
Foster + Partners is working extensively in China. It is also designing the headquarters for Chinese drone manufacture DJI in Shenzhen, and recently broke ground on a 200-metre-high office tower in Shanghai for property development company China Resources Land.
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