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Poly International Plaza has a Complex, Geometrical Facade

 - Aug 24, 2017
References: archdaily
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.