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The Black Diamond


This is without a doubt one of my favourite buildings in Copenhagen,

I go there sometimes to work it is so peaceful and quiet... I guess I enjoy it the most because of the beautiful view from any corner.

I spent my day today working in The Black Diamond in Copenhagen, The Royal Library so it is appropriate to share with you some of my pictures.

On my Instagram (@The_Icelandic_Architect) I had a Life tour today. I do definitely recommend visiting it if you have a chance.

There is something about this building... see for your selves ;)

Clad in black granite, the extension to the Royal Library is known as the ‘Black Diamond’ – with its clean cut lines and glittering polished surfaces, the library is one of Copenhagen’s architectural gems.

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Size/ 21,000 m² new build/ 7,000 m² conversion Cost/ € 49 million excl. VAT Competition/ 1993, 1st prize in european competition Status/ Completed in 1999 Client/ Danish Ministry of Culture Engineers/ Moe & Brødsgaard A/S Interior design/ shldesign Awards/ 1999, The Timber Industry Information Council Award/ 2000, The Architecture Prize of the Municipality of Copenhagen/ 2000, Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award/ 2001, The Nykredit A

rchitecture Prize/ 2003, Du Pont Benedictus Award.

The central space, affords panoramic views over the waterfront, and also serves as a significant source of daylight which is dispersed throughout the building.

I very much enjoy how the structural details are made as an aesthetic pease, this was and still is a lot done in architecture and I think it is not always a success but here for sure is very well done.

This building is a classic...

The Royal Library has become an icon for Copenhagen – a prominent, accessible and public focal point for the life in the city. The aim of the design was to create an informal meeting place for citizens in Copenhagen, students, tourists and restaurant guests.

Situated in the historic heart of Copenhagen, the extension marks a radical shift from traditional library structure and accommodates a range of cultural facilities.

There is nothing else to say but great architecture. I have actually been researching to see if I find someone disagreeing with me and I have not found any so far... so if you have an opinion please leave a comment below. I would LOVE to hear it.


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