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India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!
Posted By Andrew Michler On July 4, 2012 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Daylighting,gallery,Sustainable Building | No Comments
The LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library  located in Kotturpuram, India is the largest library in Asia and one of the most sustainable . The cavernous space can accommodate well over a thousand readers at a time and 1.5 million books. The design by C.R. Narayana Rao  makes the most of the outdoor light with lots of windows to the north-east, skylights and an outdoor amphitheater on the roof. Inside LED lights  illuminate a huge indoor auditorium, cafeteria, and the many reading and research areas.
The library was built from the ground up with conservation in mind. Special care was taken to select sustainable materials – “more than 60%… are locally sourced and recyclable.”  That’s a good thing because this building is really big  — it spans 9 floors and 333,000 square feet, including a 50,000 square foot auditorium and a separate 15,000 square foot children’s library. Two amphitheaters (one on top of the auditorium) and two conference halls make the space suitable for hosting a wide range of events.
Natural lighting  is a key player in the design, as are large windows facing the north and east to provide the best light without introducing heat. The south utilizes shading and vegetation  to create heat buffer zones. Other windows are well shaded, and carefully planned skylights help light infiltrate deep in the interior. Waste water is reused on the grounds. and naturally educational material is placed throughout the space to raise awareness of how the building works.
+ C.R. Narayana Rao 
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 most sustainable: http://inhabitat.com/vennesla-librarys-ribbed-prefab-design-features-energy-efficient-strategies-in-norway/
 C.R. Narayana Rao: http://www.crn.co.in/projects_details.asp?pid=9&imgid=6
 LED lights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNX0WCgSVuk&feature=player_embedded
 “more than 60%… are locally sourced and recyclable.”: http://architecture.in.saint-gobain-glass.com/asias-largest-library-goes-green-with-saint-gobain-glass/
 really big: http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-minneapolis-central-library-is-a-civic-lesson-on-eco-design/
 Natural lighting: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/
 vegetation: http://inhabitat.com/flower-tower-380-potted-plants-line-parisian-apartment-facade/
 + C.R. Narayana Rao: http://www.crn.co.in/index.asp
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