Beijing．Poly International Plaza
Located midway between the Forbidden
City and Beijing Capital Airport, Poly International Plaza occupies a
prominent position in a new business district adjacent to the Capital
Airport Expressway. The project site comprises a main tower and two
smaller supporting towers. The elliptical footprint of the three towers
frees the buildings from the rigid geometry of the adjoining urban
fabric, allowing the landscape of surrounding parks to continue
seamlessly through the project site. The landscaping covers garage ramps
and egress stairs, minimizing their visual impact while creating a
tranquil, undulating topography with pedestrian paths.
Inspired by Chinese paper lanterns, the design of the main tower’s exterior is formed by a continuous diagrid pattern, with a jewel-like faceting that shimmers as it reflects the sky. The exoskeleton structural system forms an outer thermal envelope around the office spaces, which are enclosed within a second glazed interior envelope. This creates daylit communal areas that accommodate meetings and foster social interaction, while establishing physical and visual connections between floors. The long-span structural design not only opens up the interior, creating a column-free work environment, but also employs a highly sustainable architectural/mechanical approach to address the climatic and air quality challenges particular to Beijing.
Titanium White is used in all washrooms in the tower. The super white color is greatly matched with the surface of the Poly Tower. Besides cleanliness, the extreme whiteness is always translated as advancement and innovation, reflecting the modern and innovative image of the whole tower. Designers generally align the concept from the outside to the every part of the interior, illustrating the chase for perfection.
Profile of the Design Company:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, we have completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries. We are renowned for our iconic buildings and our commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.