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National Library of Public Information

CompanyJ. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners
Lead Designers
ClientJoshua Pan
Prize(s)Gold in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Project LinkView
Entry Description

Situated in the middle of the island of Taiwan, the National
Library of Public Information occupies a site that is both
geographically and metaphorically the confluence of
information exploration and urban evolution.
The dynamic form of the building features a "horizontal
flow" theme recalling the early irrigation canals in the city's
settlement since the 18th century, as well as symbolizing
the fluid data interface in the internet age. Architecturally,
the project is strongly rooted in the canons of modern
architecture such as Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Modern
Architecture; but also addresses conceptual questions such
as how the library is to survive or even thrive in the digital
age. In fact, the genesis of the design is the decision to
directly confront the challenges and opportunities presented
by the dynamic nature of digital media.
The resulting fluid building form and ever-changing spatial
movement are manifested in the protruding volume of the
conference centre, the grand steps connecting the plaza
and the L shaped buildings embracing a landscaped court.
To achieve the building’s free-formed skin with its curved
planes and organic tree trunk-shaped columns, the latest
3D design software and quite a few on-site mock-ups were
utilized. In the end, a composite wall system with
integrated insulation molds the folding surfaces, which are
cladded with pearl-white round mosaic tiles of eight
different sizes enabling the skin to achieve a monocoque
In the interior, each floor takes its visual design cue from
the corresponding outside view – people, trunk, canopy, the
city skyline and clouds. Common areas feature abundant
glazing to foster an outside-in effect that further evokes the
library’s free flow of information. The landscape design
features a multitude of native plants and low-maintenance
wind resistant shrubs.


JJP Architects and Planners is an architectural and planning firm dedicated to providing creative solutions in the design and planning of human environments. The firm combines a proven track record, advanced education, talented design capability, diversified technical experience, and a wide range of professional, teaching, and research backgrounds into a comprehensive, world-class service package for clients in Taiwan and from around the globe.