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Monday, October 24, 2016

Mecanoo + MAYU, public library in Tainan (Taiwan)

Designed by the Dutch firm Mecanoo in collaboration with the Taiwanese MAYU architects+, this 35,000-square-meter library building is conceived as a stepped volume, increasing its perimeter floor by floor as it rises. The result is a large canopy held up by quartets of slender pillars. The lower part of the building is clad in glass to create visual connection between the interior and exterior, which features a children’s playground and a park. Inside, a triple-height space gives a view of the succession of floor slabs getting larger. Inversely, from the ground floor one looks down to a roofless below-grade plaza intended as a venue for exhibitions, lectures, and other events. Finally, the upper part of the building is covered with a wooden lattice that depicts an old map of the city of Tainan, an allusion to interaction between past and future. The budget allocated for the project is 40 million euros, and construction is to be complete by the end of 2018.
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