Slideshow: Stepped, inverted library with sunken patios completed in Taiwan

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The striking inverted steps of the newly constructed Tainan Public Library in Taiwan immediately capture the eye from a distance. Designed by Netherlands-based architecture firm Mecanoo with Taiwan-based MAYU architects, construction on the building finished in 2020. It is slated to open this year.

The 37,000 sq m library’s four cantilevering, inverted steps are supported by clusters of slender, white columns, designed to give visitors the feeling that they are

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