The library of the future is like a ‘town’ that brings together the community and nature in an open learning environment which also incorporates a book museum. It moves away from the conventional “library as a monument” to “rooms of knowledge”, as proposed by BAF and CRA architects.
Instead of re-creating yet another monumental library, the library of the future is envisioned to be an open and transparent new learning environment of “rooms of knowledge” that redefines the conventional library into a less formal but interactive hub. Proposed by Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) together with Carlo Ratti Associatti (CRA), co-winners of the international competition of the National Library Southern Branch and National Depository Library in Tainan, Taiwan, the design topped a total of nine competing ideas.
This new public building, commissioned by the National Central Library, will accommodate a library, a book museum and a joint archives center. A digital preservation centre will serve as the pioneer library in providing preservation service for valuable academic digital materials in Taiwan to enhance its competitiveness in this era of knowledge economy.
The 51,000 m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library will be located in the southern part of Taiwan in XinYing District around 23km south of Chiayi City and 37km north of Tainan City. It is a town of around 80,000 inhabitants and home to many of Tainan City government offices.