China, Shanghai-Pudong 

Poly Plaza


Competition 2006 – 1st Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Partner China Wu Wei
Project leaders Alexander Schober, Hao Yan Li, Annika Schröder
Client Shanghai Poly Xin Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Construction period 2007–2010
Gross floor area 100,000 m²
Height 143 m
Floors 30



Hans-Georg Esch

Poly Plaza is located near the CBD, Central Business District of Pudong along the banks of the Huang Pu River and occupies a direct waterfront plot with splendid views. Four office buildings offer abundant view quality along the riverfront and the two raised terrace levels create a quality rarely found amongst Shanghai development.

Diagonal associated lines of river views and existing buildings have shaped the space between the buildings and create changing angles of reflection on the facade area. The lower waterfront buildings create a rhythm along the shore which will host a public park and green promenade along the Huang Pu.

The crystal shapes are being elevated on a platform (due to the flood control restrictions) and resemble the elegant change of appearance through the simplicity of geometrical shape distortions.

The high rise building hosts multi-storey entrances for public functions and office. Its central part is shaped according to the outer facades of the two adjacent high rise towers and offers two storey spaces facing the river panorama. The tower is 143 m high and hosts 30 floors.

Climate Active Facades cause the minimisation of power consumption for cooling and heating.