tower of books
The "Tower of Books" (or Knowledge) is actually a water tower. The typical Water tower archetype is a rather annoying sight in any landscape, thus the suggestion of an alternative use as a library, enveloped by a climate responsive outer shell. The shading fins, made of indigenous reed and cane camouflage into the local landscape.
The building with total floor area of 540 sq.m. is laid out in a wetland. The ground floor (108 sq.m.) of the building is opened to its surrounding and is accessed through a bridge. The upper floors of the building are provisioned for the library, archives and research center. The height of the building is cleverly worked out for the overhead water tank (15,000 liters capacity approx.) that would serve the whole facility.
A combination of steel frames and RCC (reinforced cement concrete) central core is designed for the structural framework of the building. The reduced concrete work in the light frame structure lowers the embodied carbon footprint in the building. The steel structural members are recyclable and can be fabricated locally. The design emphasizes on simplifying the construction processes and have the local community involved in the construction.