Mak Architects has submitted their proposal for the Kaohsiung Library Competition. The 38,000 sqm library, which will become the region’s main library, placed third in the competition. More images and a complete press release after the break.
Mak Architects, based in USA coordinated with three local Taiwanese firms (P.S Chen Partners, Yu-I Lu Architects, and Steven CF Chang Architects) for the Kaohsiung Library Competition. The aim of the proposed 38,000 sqm library was to unite the urban aspects of the city with its surrounding natural character.
The library responds to its surroundings by facing famous Shou Mountain and Kaohsiung harbor to the northwest, and also connecting the multi-level public spaces to the green belt of Sin Guang Boulevard. The public spaces of the library consist of an amphitheater plaza, a bookstore along the promenade and a roof top garden. The structural facade of the main library not only derives from the indigenous bamboo baskets but also represents the industrial engineering know how of the city.