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Project: "National Library of Public Information"
Company:J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners
Designer(s): Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chi-Ming Chang, Sheng-Tien Yeh, Yang, Shih-Fan Huang, Shang-Ping Lin, Chien-Yuan Liang, Wen-Chi Wang, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Hsiao-Mei Shih, Yu-Ting Wu, Tien-Kai Tien-Yi Pan, Chi-Hsuan Peng, Han-Shen Chen, Kuan-Ju Hou, Taiwan
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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.

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