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BAF and Carlo Ratti scoop futuristic “library as a town” project
POSTED 24 Sep 2018 . BY Andrew Manns
Carlo Ratti Associati and Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) Architects have been selected to design the newest addition to the Taiwan National Library and Repository.

The firms beat nine other competitors to secure the commission. The new public building, set to be constructed on a wooded plot in Tainan, will function both as a monument and as an 'educational town'.

In a statement, BAF said: "The concept of library as a town was inspired by the humbleness of the context while creating a ‘town’ as part of the town fabric.

"Three main ideas drive the creation of this chance encounter: the integration with nature, the openness of learning and the ‘museumisation’ of the library.”

The company outlined its view that the library of the future should be both an energy-efficient park and a “hub of open learning” for “community-driven, museum-like spaces and activities”.

The planned space, which will explore the future of open access learning, will function as a book museum and archives hub, inviting visitors to explore Taiwan’s digital records and observe what BAF has called a “book-bot”, an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

A solar canopy will regulate the building’s temperature, providing library-goers with shade while harnessing clean energy.

BAF has also indicated that the surrounding campus will preserve 90% of trees from the original plot in order to demonstrate how built environments can be harmoniously integrated into nature.

The library is expected to open to the public in 2023.
Another bird's eye view of the library Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
Green space outside the library Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
A bird's eye view of the library campus Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
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BAF and Carlo Ratti scoop futuristic “library as a town” project
POSTED 24 Sep 2018 . BY Andrew Manns
Carlo Ratti Associati and Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) Architects have been selected to design the newest addition to the Taiwan National Library and Repository.

The firms beat nine other competitors to secure the commission. The new public building, set to be constructed on a wooded plot in Tainan, will function both as a monument and as an 'educational town'.

In a statement, BAF said: "The concept of library as a town was inspired by the humbleness of the context while creating a ‘town’ as part of the town fabric.

"Three main ideas drive the creation of this chance encounter: the integration with nature, the openness of learning and the ‘museumisation’ of the library.”

The company outlined its view that the library of the future should be both an energy-efficient park and a “hub of open learning” for “community-driven, museum-like spaces and activities”.

The planned space, which will explore the future of open access learning, will function as a book museum and archives hub, inviting visitors to explore Taiwan’s digital records and observe what BAF has called a “book-bot”, an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

A solar canopy will regulate the building’s temperature, providing library-goers with shade while harnessing clean energy.

BAF has also indicated that the surrounding campus will preserve 90% of trees from the original plot in order to demonstrate how built environments can be harmoniously integrated into nature.

The library is expected to open to the public in 2023.
Another bird's eye view of the library Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
Green space outside the library Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
A bird's eye view of the library campus Credit: courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti
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