Public library architecture has the potential to significantly affect and even transform the way people use and interact with library facilities, which is why the new design for the Tainan Public Library in Taiwan embraces innovative decorative and layout schemes.
This library, which is set to open in 2018, features a top floor that is sheathed in a decorative second skin. In addition to looking pleasing and eye-catching, the skin helps to regulate internal temperature and make the building more comfortable and eco-friendly.
The skin consists of a number of vertical louvers and has a map of the ancient city of Tainan printed onto it. This is a great example of how public library architecture can be used to remind citizens of their city's past, and provide a visual link between past and future whilst glorifying the building's appearance further.
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