Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library

No. 251號 Guangming Road

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Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library

The Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library (Beitou Library) is Taiwan's first certified building with a diamond level EEWH (Ecology, Energy Saving, Waste Reduction, and Health) system-rating. This rating is the equivalent of the LEED-certification system in the United States. The intent is that sustainable design will reduce the impact of buildings on the environment. Green buildings such as the Beitou Library use recycled materials and strive to be water and energy-efficient. The library is constructed with wood sourced from managed forests, instead of traditional concrete. Sunlight is a key factor in green building which means large windows are important in an energy-efficient design. The Beitou Library can be naturally lit and cooled using minimal energy. One portion of the library roof is covered with photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity. The other portion is covered with a 20-centimeter-thick layer of soil to improve the thermal insulation. The deliberate slope of the roof allows for rainwater runoff to be collected and reused for flushing.

This architecturally unique building is a welcome escape from the concrete buildings of Taipei. Relax with a good read, the bookshelves contain an impressive collection of over 20,000 English and Chinese works of literature. The library has earned a slew of awards and distinctions. In 2015, it was named one of "10 Coolest Green Buildings in the World" by travel site, When on Earth, and earned a place on the list "25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World" in 2012 by cultural news website, Flavorwire.

Unwind and recharge with a good book.

Post cover photo “Beitou Library-panoramio” by lienyuan lee is licensed under CC3.0

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