the building’s first floor includes a media library with seating and alcoves to watch movies, along with a library for teenagers with its own lounge. the general collection is found on the level above, while beyond is a floor dedicated to the heritage collection including the tainan memorial exhibition, japanese collection archive, and books by taiwanese authors. there are also four outdoor areas, arranged as roof gardens, as well as three multifunctional spaces for classrooms or workshops and a café.

image by ethan lee

 

 

offering views across the city, the top of the building contains the theater and conference hall, along with offices for members of staff. the complex has an art gallery, a maker space, and a braille library. there is also a bookshop, so that visitors can not only read books, but also purchase them. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by ethan lee

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by ethan lee

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by ethan lee

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by ethan lee

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by ethan lee

tainan public library by mecanoo and MAYU architects opens in taiwan
image by yu-chen chao

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: tainan public library
location: tainan, taiwan
program: 37,000 sqm library with children’s, teenagers, and general collection, exhibition spaces for modern art and heritage collection, 24/7 study room (130 seats), multimedia library, café, theater (324 seats), conference room (123 seats), offices, multipurpose rooms, maker space, bookshop, archive, parking garage, four patios, roof gardens and a square
design: 2016-2017
realization: 2017-2020 (opening 2021)
client: cultural affairs bureau, tainan city government, taiwan
project team: mecanoo and MAYU architects
construction: envision engineering consultants
installation advisor: frontier tech institute of engineering design & consultant
wayfinding: path & landforms
contractor: fu tsu construction, shing tai hydro-power engineering



 

project team mecanoo —
design principal: francine houben
design team: rodrigo louro, friso van der steen, rodrigo bandini, johan hanegraaf, rachel lin, yuli huang, yuanyuan chen, natalia leszcynska, george orfanopoulos, antonio sanna, wanjen lin, yunying chiu, tsailing shih, eliano felicio, nienke andersson

 

project team MAYU architects —
design principal: malone chang, yu-lin chen
design team: (SD)ting-yi lo, yun-shan huang, che-sheng wang; (DD/CD)ting-yi lo, che-sheng wang, chia-ru lin, beatrice cordella, meng-yue ruan, qi-ping yang, li-chi yeh, ya-zhi guo, che-kang liu; (CA)yun-shan huang, chia-ru lin, ting-yi lo, ya-yun wang, wei-chieh pan, yun chen, ting-yi li, cheng-wei li, chih-hung wang, yung-hsien fang, jui-pao chan, tien-hsi hsu, ya-tieh yu, guan-wun chen, yu-lun liang

philip stevens I designboom

feb 15, 2021

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