A number of staff from the Poly Australia Sydney and Poly UK London offices embarked on a week-long study tour around the cities of Guangzhou and Beijing in China this month.
Arriving in Guangzhou, the team toured the head office of parent company Poly Real Estate – Poly International Plaza Guangzhou – an impressive commercial tower designed by world-renowned architecture firm SOM.
The team was given a guided tour around the Poly Experience Centre, where they learnt about the thought and design process of Poly’s residential developments in the region, particularly the full lifecycle fifth generation concept. These concepts have been designed to provide a quality living experience throughout the resident’s entire life, features include such things as tilted mirrors for young children, rounded edges for the safety of both children and the elderly, as well as smart storage designs.
The team also visited a number of projects at various stages of development within the city, including Poly’s iCubic – a large scale development consisting of 11 residential towers and amenities.
On the other end of the spectrum was Poly Grand Mansion, also consisting of an entire precinct, with the most impressive being a 26-storey residential apartment building consisting of one apartment per level – at approximately 760sqm. These luxury apartments included their own private swimming pool on the balcony, two kitchens and wardrobe space we could only dream about.
Also on the agenda was a visit up to the display suite of Poly’s newest commercial project, and soon to be new head office – Skyline Tower. An impressive A-Grade office building, not yet complete, and again designed by SOM.
In Beijing, the team started their experience the same way a potential customer would at Poly’s He Guang Chen Yue (Place of Light) – a high end residential development designed around the concept of light. We were greeted with a delicious morning tea spread, which is part of the customer experience that every potential buyer is treated to when visiting this development.
Next was Poly’s newest commercial building in Beijing – Poly International Plaza Beijing. This building, also designed by SOM, has been labelled the ‘Diamond Lantern’ because of its beautiful façade and the way it lights up at night. The team was given unique access to the façade of the building, between the inner and outer layer of glass.
Last but certainly not least, the most exciting building of the entire trip – although hotly contested by Skyline Tower in Guangzhou – was our trip to New Poly Plaza in Beijing. The head office of Poly Group Corporation. This building was a marvel in itself, showcasing the world’s largest window, and a separate smaller building within the large building – the smaller building supported by cables alone and hanging within the bigger building.
Completed in 2006, the New Poly Plaza is also home to the Poly Art Museum, featuring antiques from many of China’s dynasties and a number of national treasures.
The team has returned to Australia refreshed and rejuvenated with a renewed energy and inspiration to bring what they have seen and learnt during the tour and applying to the Australian and UK markets.
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