Poly Real Estate Headquarters Tower 1

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Height: Occupied
144.6 m / 474 ft
Height: To Tip
160.6 m / 527 ft
Height: Architectural
160.6 m / 527 ft
Poly Real Estate Headquarters Tower 1 Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Top Elevator Speed
6 m/s
Tower GFA
122,000 m² / 1,313,197 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Poly Real Estate Headquarters Tower 1
Name of Complex Poly Real Estate Headquarters
Other Names Poly International Plaza Tower 1
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address & Map 688 Yuejiangzhong Road, Haizhu District
Postal Code 510308
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Filled Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2002
Construction Start 2004
Completion 2007
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
City Ranking #96 Tallest in Guangzhou

Companies Involved

Developer Poly Real Estate Group Co. Ltd.
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Architect of Record Guangzhou Design Institute
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer
Design WSP Flack + Kurtz

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 lattice brace, the offset cores are light and transparent, and allow a high degree of openness to northern views; the glass elevators, staircases, restrooms, and terraces are all light-filled spaces. These terraces, which also act as emergency refuges, are the towers’ social hubs thanks to their three-story floating lounges and meeting room spaces.


Bringing Office Space Up into the Light
30 May 2018 – Stephen Wang, Poly Real Estate Development; Javier Arizmendi, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM

Research Papers

A Tall Building Ethos of Integration
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1

Site | Structure | Architecture – Projects that Create Change
Sep 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 3

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV

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