Carlo Ratti and BAF Win Taiwan National Library Competition

Carlo Ratti and BAF Win Taiwan National Library Competition, Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti

Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti Associatti and Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) have won the international competition for the Southern branch of the Taiwan National Library and Repository in Tainan, Taiwan. With the concept of “Library as a Town”, the team created a proposal for a new public building that will accommodate a library, book museum and a joint archives center. Selected among nine competitors, the winning design will be placed in the southern part of Taiwan in the XinYing District. The proposal is made to investigate the role of the library in the future.

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Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti

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Sited in a town of 80,000 inhabitants and many Tainan City government offices, the project aims to transform a large, undeveloped suburban plot. Hoping to boost urban life and activity in the southern community, the project opens to the surrounding housing, municipal swimming pool and stadium. The library design will include a digital preservation center that will act as a pioneer library in providing preservation service for academic digital materials in Taiwan. The center is designed to enhance Taiwan’s competitiveness in an era of knowledge economy.

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Taiwan National Library. Image Courtesy of BAF and Carlo Ratti

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Moving from the idea of a library as a monument to accessible, fluid knowledge sharing, BAF and CRA propose an open, transparent learning environment as a less formal and interactive hub. The event hall, museum and repository are linked through the main axis to build connection between the site and the city. Three main ideas drive the concept: integration with nature, the openness of learning and the “museumization” of the library.

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Massing was created with the utmost consideration on keeping ecological diversity and integrating with nature, with 90% of the trees on site being preserved. Responding to open source data sharing and digital networking, the library is designed to be an open learning platform to promote collaboration. In turn, the project rethinks the idea of a book museum by redefining the entire museum. Showcasing the Book-bot (ASRS- automated storage and retrieval system), visitors will follow a museum loop to see “behind-the-scenes” of book restoration, preservation and digitization.

The National Library is expected to open to the public in 2023.

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BIG’s Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Opens as “Unzipped” in Toronto

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BIG’s “unzipped wall,” which served as the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion in London, has been opened to the public in Toronto under the new title “Unzipped.” Having been transported to the city and rebuilt in collaboration with Westbank, new photographs by Derek Shapton show the completed pavilion standing as a temporary place of showcase and events in downtown Toronto.

“Unzipped” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

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Constructed along King and Brant Streets, and opened to the public on Saturday 15th September, “Unzipped” plays on one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall.

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The 46-foot (14-meter)-high and 88-foot (27-meter)-long pavilion serves as an architectural showcase during the day, before becoming a “destination for unique programming, dialogue, and events” by night.

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To create the installation, over 1800 extruded fiberglass blocks were stacked on top of each other, parting to form an “unzipped” entrance to an interior cavern. While open in Hyde Park from June to October 2016, the pavilion attracted a record number of visits.

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“Unzipped” will be open to the public through November 2018.

News of the pavilion’s opening comes shortly after BIG’s King Street West condo community was approved for development in Toronto.

News via: Westbank

Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Will Finally Rise in Egypt

Africa's Tallest Skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Will Finally Rise in Egypt, Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
 

After more than a decade, Egypt has returned to its plan to construct Africa’s tallest building. Sited on the Nile River in central Cairo, the skyscraper was designed by the late Zaha Hadid in 2007. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the government are working with the project developers, Living in Interiors, to create the twisting “Nile Tower” with a design that will rise 70 stories. Overlooking views of Cairo, the Nile and the pyramids, the project hopes to symbolize Egypt’s growth and the development of the country.

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Located between downtown Cairo and the Nile, the new tower was supported by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, but the project was put on hold during the wake of political unrest in 2011. The tower faced further issues with economic reforms as the country’s currency weakened and importing building materials became more expensive. Now, developers hope to drive growth across the country with close to $250 billion dollars worth of construction projects currently underway.

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Set with a construction budget of $600 million, the Nile Tower hopes to break ground as President Sisi and the government work with Living In Interiors to ensure the building rises in Cairo. The design will feature 36 floors of luxury apartments, a casino, spa, night club, shopping area and a 230 key hotel. The surrounding area has begun to see a surge of development projects as the heart of Cairo sees an increase in investment.

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