SWA Group, San Francisco
Poly International Plaza is an innovative office and exhibition center development located in China's Guangzhou trade district. Sited along the Pearl River and adjacent to historic Pazhou Temple Park, the project presents a precedent toward integrating development with its site and context, embracing the place of garden and sustainability in the society's rapid move toward modernization. The result is a striking modern aesthetic that interacts efficiently and beautifully with the timeless elements of nature. The complete design seeks to integrate the southern Chinese landscape traditions with a modern sensitivity toward local context, climate, flora, and SOM's modern architecture. The landscape is designed to aggressively temper and counter heat and humidity challenges of southern China.