J.J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners present their design for the National Taichung Digital Library, a symbol of the constant stream of knowledge to which the digital age has exposed us. The theme of the architecture is one of a boundless leisure spot of creativity and the dynamic flow of information.
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The L-shaped building embraces the green belt of the site in a concave gesture that envelopes a landscape of native plants and low maintenance wind-resisting shrubs. An ecological waterway wraps the site providing the community and the building with an integrated rainwater collection system in the landscape pond which is combined with a roof-garden to micro-climate the heat-island effect in the city.
The building’s freeform skin features the theme of horizontal flows that represent both the foundation of the city’s irrigated waterway and the flow of information in digital media. A composite wall system with integrated insulation was adopted to shape the folded surface the represents the central Taiwan Rivers.
Curved planes and tree trunk-shaped columns constitute the internal spatiality of the reading room. Natural light is softened through skylights and horizontal inclining windows in the reading rooms. Its transparency provides views of the city skyline and the sky in juxtaposition to the constructed environment inside.
Architects: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJP) Location: Taichung, Taiwan Project Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chien Yuan Liang, Chia Jung Hsieh, Shih-Fang Huang Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise Design: 2007 Completion: 2011