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Siaogang Library, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 

Siaogang Library

Name of the Library: Kaohsiung Public Library Siaogang Branch
Parent Organisation: Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government

Street Address: No.365, Boxue Rd., Xiaogang Dist., Kaohsiung City 812, Taiwan
Postal Address: 81267
Telephone : +886-7-8024310
Web Address: http://www.ksml.edu.tw/lib/content/index.aspx?Parser=1,46,466,460
Library Email: libh2@mail.ksml.edu.tw
Type of Library: District Library
Population served:156,292
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres):3319.43
Date of Completion:12/11/2010
Architect: Jian-Ming Zhao Architect

Sianong Library 2

Description
Under the theme of “Reading in a Forest”, the Siaogang Branch is not only a breathable library but also a Gold-grade green building.

Design Concept
A homelike library
A large community study: living-room-like reading space
While a library mainly functions as a book collection center, it is also expected to offer comfortable reading spaces in catering to the changing relationship between people and books.

The recent development of digital archives and e-books has had a significant influence on the operation of a library. Now, libraries do not merely serve as a place for book collecting, but also are becoming a place for integrating community reading, culture promotion and school information. Therefore, it is important to create “the ambiance for reading” in a community library, where people can sit, ponder, discuss and see the sights. Reading thus becomes a carefree life attitude and a starting point for happy learning.

As a result, to make the relationship between people and books more user-friendly, different designs are created in the Siaogang Branch for different reading behaviors such as browsing, reading and studying. Thanks to the search screens in the shelves and chairs by the sides of shelves, the collection area and the reading area are no longer separated, but rather designed in combination. The design is aimed at different reading behaviors and bringing people and books closer.

A library in the woods
Design concept of the “three-dimensional forest-like reading space”
The design concept “Reading in a Forest” includes the entire building and each reading experience. “Landscape terrace” and “view borrowing” turn reading in the library into travelling in a lush-green forest.

The east-side latticework shade heavily expresses the design concept “forest-like reading space.” Large French windows make the wall transparent, and smartly integrate the library with the surrounding landscape, making people unknowingly walk into a forest of books.

Light thus casually scatters on the floor, bookshelves and visitors, making visitors feel like leisurely reading in the shade. Owing to the poor sight of a metal factory on the south side of the library, a landscape terrace and a horizontal shade were created to borrow new scenery. The public facilities, such as restrooms and stairs, are located on the west side to lower the heat load.

The interior integrated  with the exterior
The key of the library design lies in its integration with the surrounding landscape. With the architectural skin serving as a medium, the correspondence of reflections on the outdoor polished homogeneous tiles and the indoor latticework and shade makes the interior checkered with the exterior.

Reading Corner

Family reading space
The reading habit should be cultivated in childhood. Most residents in Siaogang are blue-collar workers. The Siaogang Branch has the largest family reading space among all the branches of Kaohsiung Public Library. Reading corners and the magic tree house are also provided to create excellent family reading space.

An energy-saving and sustainable library
Sustainable architecture: Cladding for buildings corresponding to the subtropical climate in Taiwan.

Cladding for buildings is not only the main interface of the indoor space, but also the key to sustainable architecture. Carefully-designed cladding for buildings can minimize the indoor energy waste and facilitate indoor natural lighting and ventilation.
Considering factors such as each vertical shade, heat load of the roof, ventilation, lighting, illuminance, and so on, the building project of the library won the Gold-grade Green Building in eight indicators.
Awards, case studies, further information
2011 17th Yuan-Yie Award
2012 1st Kaohsiung Green Building Award
2013 7th Best Practice Green Building Award
2015 Reading Award from the Ministry of Education

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Dadong Arts Library, KPL (Kaohsiung Public Library), Taiwan

Dadong Arts Library
Dadong Arts Library

Name of the Library: Dadong Arts Library, KPL (Kaohsiung Public Library)
Parent Organisation: Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government

Street Address: 161, Guangyuan Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung City
Postal Address: 83057
Telephone : +886-7-7430011 #1147
(incl Country code)
Web Address: http://dadong.ksml.edu.tw/
Library Email: fengshan5@mail.ksml.edu.tw
Type of Library:Special Library
Population served: 23,468,748
Project Type:New Building
Size (square metres): 3696 m^2
Date of Completion: 22/4/2012
Architect: Yu-lin Chen Architect, Malone Chang Architect, de Architekten Cie

Dadong II

Description

About the Library
Dadong Arts Library was initially designed as a two-floor building of 800 “pings” (about 28467 square feet). After the city-county consolidation at the end of 2010, Mayor Chen Chu expanded this library to a three-floor building of 1118 “pings” (39782 square feet) in total as the first public “arts library” nationwide, in order to establish and enhance the education and the knowledge in aesthetics to further promote the artistic appreciation of the public. Through the elaborately constructed reading space and information platform, Dadong Arts Library is expected to become the center of artistic resource and provide reference service to the public in southern Taiwan.

Collections
The collections include materials in cultural art, music, architecture, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, photography, craft & metalwork, dance, drama, movie, and animation, 12 categories in total. The library purchases the world’s most classic and best-selling art books, journals, posters, publications by domestic and international arts centers, and audio-video materials, such as operas, musical and theatrical plays, and art archives and e-books. In addition, there are children’s arts books and picture books, especially set up for kids.

Architectural Esthetics Area
Many remarkable and classic public buildings in Kaohsiung with their unique architectural aesthetics make Kaohsiung the model for the other cities in Taiwan. With the generous donation and strong support from the Kaohsiung Architects Association, the “Architectural Esthetics Area” was established to help the city shape the new style of urban aesthetics, create an environmental sustainability, and develop a leading vision for urban fashion by introducing the contemporary architectures, landscapes and designs. 

Outdoor reading area
Outdoor reading area

Multimedia Services
Comfortable spacious seats, five for music listening and ten for watching video, and infrared wireless headphones are available for the public to enjoy arts audio-video materials. Please go to “Audio Visual Room” and select desired disc, and then apply for the service with personal library card or ID card at the Information Desk on the second floor. On-site application is required and available seats are only for the date of application.

Digital Resources

  • Featured arts E-books are available for online reading.
  • Chinese and international arts databases are provided to the public for the inquiry and research use.
  •  Database Listing:International Encyclopedia of Dance, Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art, Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture, Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, PAR Performance Arts, Collection of Modern Art, Collection of Ancient Art, Artco Kids, Taiwan Architecture Magazine, Festivals in Taiwan: Taiwan Holiday Season and Folk Celebration, etc.)

WIFI Service
Wireless internet connection is accessible within the library for the public to bring with their mobile devices to surf the Internet. Please go to the Information Desk to make registration and obtain access account and password (valid for the date issued only).

Tour Guide Booking
We also provide tour guide service to help readers become acquainted with the library environment, and to learn how to use each service. Please feel free to make a reservation. Please download and fill the application form, and fax it to +886-7-7432233 or hand it to the Information Desk, your application will be processed.

WIFI Service
Wireless internet connection is accessible within the library for the public to bring with their mobile devices to surf the Internet. Please go to the Information Desk to make registration and obtain access account and password (valid for the date issued only).

Tour Guide Booking
We also provide tour guide service to help readers become acquainted with the library environment, and to learn how to  use  each service. Please feel free to make a reservation. Please download and fill the application form, and  fax it to +886-7-7432233 or hand it to the Information Desk, your application will be processed.

Awards and Related Information

2012, First prize in Poster Session of Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

2012, Silver Award in the International Awards for Liveable Communities, Projects-Built category.

2012, Honorable Mention in Taiwan Architecture Award

2013, Government Service Quality Award

2013, awarded as Outstanding and Distinctive Library in National Public Library Performance Management Evaluation

2015, awarded as “The Top 10 Libraries You Must Visit in Taiwan”

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Digital Resources
Digital Archives of Art Posters
Google 3D panoramic photography