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Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

Contest site in Xinying District, Taiwan
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Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan

The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City.

The ambitious project will transform a large undeveloped suburban plot on the outskirts of Xinying District surrounded by housing and a municipal swimming pool and stadium. The facility will feature a digital preservation centre and aims to boost activity within the local knowledge economy.

According to the brief: ‘For the innovation of service facilities, enhancement of quality service and reinforcement of national competitiveness, the Southern Branch of the National Central Library and National Repository Library will be located at Xinying District, Tainan, and is anticipated to be the largest, most resource abundant national library in southern Taiwan.

‘Further, a digital preservation centre will be established in the National Repository Library, thus National Repository Library will serve as the pioneer library in providing preservation service for valuable academic digital materials in Taiwan. The Southern Branch of the National Central Library and National Repository Library aims to establish a national-standard library and a repository library, via international perspective and a fresh vision, in order to enhance the competitive ability of Taiwan in this era of knowledge economy.’

Xinying District is a town of around 80,000 inhabitants and home to a variety of Tainan City government offices. The settlement is famous for its canals and night market and is connected to Tainan City via a motorway.

Taiwan’s National Central Library was founded in 1914 and, as well as a large number of books, holds hundreds of thousands of documents relating to the country’s history. The library was originally based in central Taipei but moved to the suburbs in 2004.

The latest project will create a southern branch of the library on an undeveloped 5.7ha site which currently contains several sports pitches. Other nearby facilities include a municipal swimming pool, a stadium, and a large shopping centre.

The new complex, backed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, will feature both a national library and a national collections centre. Other planned facilities include a professional development centre, a preservation and restoration centre and a children’s section.

The deadline for applications is 20 August.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

National Central Library

Tel: +886 2 23619132 #361
Email: librahsu@ncl.edu.tw

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