Poly International Plaza in Beijing and the India Basin project in San Francisco were honored in the 2017 Spark International Design Awards. The projects won Gold and Bronze awards, respectively, in the Spaces Design category. One of 11 categories in this year's competition, Spaces Design recognizes exemplary architecture, interior, urban, and landscape design projects. The annual Spark Awards program is now in its eleventh year.
The design of the main tower of Poly International Plaza—the tallest of three in the project site—was inspired by Chinese paper lanterns, with an exterior designed in a continuous diagrid pattern with jewel-like faceting. The exoskeleton structural system forms an outer thermal envelope around the office spaces, which are enclosed within a second glazed interior envelope.
The India Basin project lays out a vision to transform former industrial lands along the San Francisco Bay into an active waterfront village. The comprehensive design for the project was developed in collaboration with city government agencies and local residents.