Mecanoo wins in Tainan

Nick Myall
Monday 22 Feb 2016

Mecanoo architecten has won the competition to design the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan

Mecanoo’s design for the Tainan Public Library in Taiwan represents the meeting of cultures, generations and histories. 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.

Working in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, Mecanoo will create the 35,000 sq m library, which will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, café, conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. The plan for the site also encompasses a future extension of 13,000 sq m.

Reaching up into the sky, the building’s perimeter increases on each level. The result is a large canopy that provides shade to the transparent stepped facade and below-grade courtyards.

The entrance hall rises three levels up to show the library’s internal configuration and the layering of the floors. The wooden fenestration filters daylight, creating a rhythmic pattern of light on the stone floor. Curvaceous stairwells show the dynamic flow of people through the building. The generous open-plan spaces ensure the library can be adapted to future needs.

On the top floor, a delicate second skin is wrapped around the building, filtering the light and reducing solar heat gain. An ancient map of Tainan is transposed onto vertical louvres and represents the city’s evolving relationship with its past and the direction towards its future.

The 40m euro project is expected to open at the end of 2018.

This competition was published by our WAN Business Information team 10/11/2015. Click to view the original brief. To test the service, email our WAN Business Information team. 



Nick Myall

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