Poly International Plaza
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Precedent-setting integration of rapid development ethos within historic natural setting

Location Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Client SOM

Scope Landscape Architecture

Size 57 hectares


Southern Chinese landscape traditions are integrated into contemporary site conditions

Tall tree canopies and water features moderate a hot climate by providing shade and breezes

Poly International Plaza is an innovative office, retail, and exhibition center development located in the 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 site plan forms a series of gardens and plazas. A major North-South promenade along the west boundary provides connections to an offsite hotel development and convention hall and a diagonal spatial arrangement enhances visual connections to the Pagoda Park south of the site and the Pearl River north of the site. 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. Tall, continuous tree canopies in combination with water features help to moderate the climate in providing shade and capturing cooling breezes for exterior spaces.

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