Danish Architecture Guide

The Black Diamond

The building was raised as an addition to The Royal Library's older building complex. With the simple main shape built in steel, glass and black granite, the library is a typical example of the prevailing neo-modernist style at the brink of the 21st century. The black facades are clad in polished, African granite, which is the reason for the name The Black Diamond. Midway a gigantic slit cuts the house in two, providing a fabulous view over the harbour from within; this feature has made the escalator in the foyer a popular goal for tourists. The ground floor contains restaurant and bookshop, concert hall and lecture hall as well as exhibition space.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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