Larry Chien

Larry Chien

Managing Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Javier Arizmendi

Javier Arizmendi

Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
“Poly International Plaza: Tall Buildings and the Ground Plane”
Huijing Huang

Huijing Huang

Vice Chief Architect/Professor-Senior Architect, Guangzhou Design Institute
“From Constraint to Create”
James Lee

James Lee

Principal, SWA Group
“Poly International Plaza, Guangzhou, China”
Tall Buildings are often criticized for their less-than positive relationship with how they meet the ground, and the quality of the direct urban habitat they contribute to and create. This program investigated this aspect of skyscrapers and cities, in the context of one of the best examples of quality urban habitat in Guangzhou – the Poly Real Estate Headquarters. Completed in 2007, the two towers of the project embrace a range of hard and soft-landscaped spaces, and enjoy ground floor lobbies open to the elements. In addition, the towers are interesting for their external diagrid structure and façade treatment. The program thus embraced a full technical tour of the towers.

Venue: Poly Real Estate Headquarters
50 Delegates

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Wednesday 19 October, Schedule, Guangzhou

8:30 am Arrival & Coffee
8:55 am Welcome from Poly Real Estate Group
9:00 am “Poly International Plaza: Tall Buildings and the Ground Plane”
9:20 am “From Constraint to Create”
9:40 am “Poly International Plaza, Guangzhou, China”
10:00 am Q&A
10:15 am Coffee Break
10:45 am Tour of Poly Real Estate Headquarters
12:00 pm Delegates depart for lunch and afternoon program at Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

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About This Program Location

Poly Real Estate Headquarters Tower 1

About Poly Real Estate Headquarters Tower 1

Poly International Plaza is an innovative office and trade center development that consists of two towers, each coupled with a low-rise podium that accommodates exhibition and retail uses; the below-grade spaces include an exhibition hall and trade center. The two offset core towers, which include a thin bar of office space, maximize light transmission to their interiors. On the north, the towers’ forms are defined by floor-to-ceiling glass, shaded by vertical fins, and on the south they expose their structural framework. The towers advocate sustainable design through their use of natural light; natural ventilation; floor-by-floor mechanical systems; under-floor air distribution; shaded outdoor space; and green roofs.

Thanks to the towers’ innovative structural spine, and double… Read More

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