The Beitou Public Library was named one of the 10 coolest examples of green buildings by travel website When On Earth. The current renovation of the library, which was designed by Guo Ying-zhau and Zhang Qing-hua, has been open since November 17, 2006.
The website says, the Beitou Public Library is “the first ever building in Taiwan to qualify for the highest diamond rating under its government’s EEWH certification system.”
The eco-friendly library collects rainwater for use in the toilets and uses solar panels and natural light to reduce electricity consumption. The open windows also encourage air flow to cool the building with fans rather than air conditioning, as do the plants that surround the library.
The library was featured in CNN’s “Step inside 27 fascinating libraries” in 2014 and Flavorwire.com’s “The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World” in 2013.
The library attracts an average of over 55,000 visitors per month and houses approximately 22,000 books and publications, according to the Department of Information Technology.
Take a video tour of the library.