Taipei / Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch (Beitou Library)
Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch (Beitou Library)Located within Beitou Park in Beitou Hot Spring area of Taipei City, Taiwan, Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch, or Beitou Library is Taiwan’s first green library opened in November, 2006. Designed by the Taiwanese firm Bio-Architecture Formosana, Beitou Library is fitted with eco-friendly features and settings making it one of the most energy-efficient and environmental-friendly architectures of East Asia.
Beitou Library plays an active role in bettering the environment by being energy and water efficient. The library is a wooden building with large windows that save electricity in different ways. The woods that used to build the library are woods from managed forests rather than primary or rainforests. The thoughtful design with large windows is to save energy as the large amount of windows allow natural light to substitute interior lighting, and ventilation reduces the need for fans and air-conditioning.
Partial roof of the library is covered by photovoltaic cells to converts sunlight into electricity, and appointed with 20 centimeters of soil to provide thermal insulation. Beitou Library also conserves water by capturing rainfall and stored to use for the library’s toilets. Thoughtfully designed with eco-friendly features, Beitou Library is a sanctuary from the bustling Taipei City of concrete buildings.
Entirely made of wood and green features, Beitou Library is an excellent Taipei stop for its architectural uniqueness, as well as more than 20,000 English and Chinese literatures for visitors to peruse at their leisure.
Apart from visiting Beitou Library, Beitou Hot Spring Museum, Katagalan Culture Center, Geothermal Valley and many other important Beitou attractions are just within a short walk for one to experience a colorful Taipei travel.
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The library is closed on national holidays and the first Thursday of each month.
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