Poly International Plaza, a new skyscraper in Beijing, is inspired by Chinese paper lanterns. The office building features a complexly three-dimensional facade with massive, folded, rhomboid windows that are angled to let in light at every time of the day.
The Poly International Plaza facade is directly inspired by a folding technique used on paper lanterns. The diagrid pattern can be created with paper by folding it into a cylinder and impressing the tessellating parallelograms evenly across the surface. Though Poly International's facade is made from concrete and glass, it nonetheless gives off a lightness reminiscent of paper.
An added benefit of the structural design is that it opens up the buildings interior. The unique structure allows for a column-free interior, expanding range of movement and interior space.