24 Feb '16, 9am

Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials

Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials

The footprint of each floor increases in the stacked building to create a transparent top-heavy facade that helps shade the below-grade courtyards. Natural light spills in through the glazed facade, while wooden fenestration helps filter daylight. The building is organized around a three-story central atrium and features large and adaptable open-plan spaces throughout. “Natural materials, like stone and wood, rational yet elegant structural lines and a sensitive use of light and shadow characterise the building’s timeless design,” writes Mecanoo. “An ancient map of Tainan is transposed onto vertical louvres (on the top floor) and represents the city’s evolving relationship with its past and the direction towards its future.” The new library is expected to open by the end of 2018.

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