mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan
mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan
feb 22, 2016

mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan

mecanoo chosen to complete tainan public library in taiwan
all images courtesy of mecanoo




dutch architecture studio mecanoo has won a competition to design a public library for the taiwanese city of tainan. the 35,000 square meter scheme will feature reading rooms, special collections, study spaces, a children’s area, a café, a conference hall, a 200-seat auditorium, and public courtyards. the plan, which has been developed with local practice MAYU architects+, also encompasses a possible future extension of 13,000 square meters.

the project is defined by a use of natural materials that adhere to rational structural lines




the project is defined by a use of natural materials, such as stone and wood, which adhere to rational structural lines. the building’s perimeter increases on each level, resulting in a large canopy that provides shade to the transparent stepped façade and below-grade courtyards. around the lower ground floor is an outdoor children’s play area. a floor-to-ceiling glazed wall creates a visual connection between this play area and the indoor children’s reading room. a sunken plaza on the same level forms a multifunctional outdoor space for hosting talks, exhibitions or social gatherings.

a large canopy provides shade to the transparent stepped façade




the structure’s wooden fenestration filters daylight, creating a rhythmic pattern of light on the stone floor, while dynamic stairwells show the flow of people moving through the building. throughout the design, generously proportioned open-plan spaces ensure that the library can be adapted to future needs. on the top floor, a second skin is wrapped around the building, filtering light and reducing solar heat gain. an ancient map of tainan is transposed onto a series of vertical louvers, designed to represent the city’s evolving relationship with its past, and the direction of its future. the €40 million project is expected to open at the end of 2018.

the 35,000 square meter scheme will feature a variety of reading rooms

a sunken plaza forms an outdoor space for hosting talks, exhibitions or social gatherings

the building includes a conference hall and a 200-seat auditorium

site plan showing the ground floor configuration



project info:


architects: mecanoo
local partner: MAYU architect+
client: cultural affairs bureau, tainan city government, taiwan
design: 2016
realization: 2017-2018

  • Looks somewhat like they are paying their respects to the destruction of the Madins old Birmingham Library?? Or just a coincidence?

    Marky Rousseau says:

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