National Library of Public Information

CompanyJ. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners
ClientJoshua Pan
Prize1st Place in Architecture Categories / Institutional
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Entry Description

Situated in the middle of the island of Taiwan, the National Library of Public Information occupies a site that is both geographically and metaphorically the confluence of information exploration and urban evolution. The dynamic form of the building features a "horizontal flow" theme recalling the early irrigation canals in the city's settlement since the 18th century, as well as symbolizing the fluid data interface in the internet age. Architecturally, the project is strongly rooted in the canons of modern architecture such as Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Modern Architecture; but also addresses conceptual questions such as how the library is to survive or even thrive in the digital age. In fact, the genesis of the design is the decision to directly confront the challenges and opportunities presented by the dynamic nature of digital media. The resulting fluid building form and ever-changing spatial movement are manifested in the protruding volume of the conference centre, the grand steps connecting the plaza and the L shaped buildings embracing a landscaped court. To achieve the building’s free-formed skin with its curved planes and organic tree trunk-shaped columns, the latest 3D design software and quite a few on-site mock-ups were utilized. In the end, a composite wall system with integrated insulation molds the folding surfaces, which are cladded with pearl-white round mosaic tiles of eight different sizes enabling the skin to achieve a monocoque appearance. In the interior, each floor takes its visual design cue from the corresponding outside view – people, trunk, canopy, the city skyline and clouds. Common areas feature abundant glazing to foster an outside-in effect that further evokes the library’s free flow of information. The landscape design features a multitude of native plants and low-maintenance wind resistant shrubs.

About Designer

J.J. Pan and Partners is an architectural and planning firm dedicated to providing creative solutions in the design and planning of human environments. The firm combines a proven track record, advanced education, talented design capability, diversified technical experience, and a wide range of professional, teaching, and research backgrounds into a comprehensive, world-class service package for clients in Taiwan and from around the globe.

Awards and Prize

2016 Gold Award,WACA Housing and Residential Design Award 2015 Jury Awards, Architizer A+ Awards (Pop-up & Temporary); Popular Choice Awards, Architizer A+ Awards (Pop-up & Temporary); Shortlisted, WAN Future Projects Civic Award 2014 Gold Award , WACA Housing and Residential Design Award;Good Design Award, WACA Housing and Residential Design Award 2012 IDA Gold Award, The International Design Awards for Architecture 2008 AIA New York State Award of Excellence for Adaptive Reuse Best Historic Preservation Project; The 2nd Biennial Business Week/Architectural Record China Awards 2006 AIA New York State Citation Award 2005 Gold Medal Award, World Association of Chinese Architects Award 2001 AIA New York Chapter Annual Design Award