Poly International Plaza, Beijing By SOM

A jewel-like faceting that shimmers as it reflects the sky

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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.


▼建筑外观表现为宝石切割面造型的玻璃幕墙, main tower’s exterior is formed by a continuous diagrid pattern, with a jewel-like faceting




▼构成空间内视觉联系,visiual connections

▼大面积立面采光,natural lights

▼无柱式内部环境,column-free work environment

▼总平面图,master plan

▼一层平面图,the ground floor plan

▼二十一层平面图,the 21st floor plan






地点: 中国北京
项目完工时间: 2016
用地面积: 23,612平方米
项目面积: 116,000平方米
楼层数: 31
建筑高度: 161.20米
类型: 商业+办公
服务: 建筑、结构+土木工程、高层建筑


Location: Beijing, China
Completion date: July, 2016
Gross square footage: 116,000 m2
Total project cost: N/A
Total construction cost: N/A
Client: China Poly Real Estate Company Limited
Owner: China Poly Real Estate Company Limited
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
One Front Street, San Francisco CA 94111
Personnel in architect’s firm who should receive special credit:
Leo Chow, AIA, Design Partner
Gene Schnair, FAIA, Consulting Partner
Keith Boswell, FAIA, Technical Partner
Larry Chien, AIA, Project Managing Director
SOM Project Team:
Angela Wu, AIA, Associate Design Director
Brian Cook, AIA, Technical Coordinator
Francesca Oliveira, AIA, Technical Design
Christopher Talbott, AIA, Design Architect
Stephanie Chang, Project Coordinator
Josephine Pai, Project Coordinator
Jeffrey Bajamundi, Digital Design Coordinator
Architect of record: Beijing Institute of Architectureal Design (BIAD)
Associate architect(s): N/A
Interior designer: N/A
Structural: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mark Sarkisian, PE, SE, LEED®, Structural Engineering Partner
Neville Mathias, PE, SE, LEED AP, Senior Structural Engineering Associate Director
Rupa Garai, PE, SE, LEED AP, Structural Engineering Associate Director
Andrew Krebs, PE, SE, LEED®, Structural Engineer
Zhaofan Li, PE, Structural Engineer
Joanna Zhang, PE, SE, LEED AP, Structural Engineer
Jeffrey Keileh, PE, SE, LEED AP, Structural Engineer
Christopher Horiuchi, PE, Structural Engineer
Danny Bently, Technical
Feliciano Racines, Technical
Civil: N/A
Geotechnical: N/A
MEP: WSP (WSP Engineering Services)
Landscape: SWA Group
Lighting: Francis Krahe & Associates Inc.
Green Building Design: Built Ecology
Vertical Transportation: Edgett Williams Consulting Group
General contractor: [firm name] China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Company Limited
Photographer: Bruce Damonte

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