Not far from where I was viewing buildings from the 1700's, I find an ultra-modern Black building, known as the "Black Diamond" building.
This is the Royal Library in Copenhagen, national library of Denmark and university library of University of Copenhagen. It is the largest library in the Nordic countries.
In 1999, this new building was opened adjacent to the old one. It was designed by Danish architects and derives its name from the black marble and glass used in the building.
It houses a concert hall in addition to the library, historical treasures and printed works back to the first Danish book printed in 1482.
The building is formed by two black cubes that are slightly tilted over the street. In the middle of them there is an eight storey atrium whose walls are white and wave-shaped. Three bridges connect the Black Diamond with the old part of the Royal Library.
PUBLIC TOURS OF THE LIBRARY ARE HELD....Every Saturday at 3pm
A tour of the beautiful old library building from 1906 and the impressive Black Diamond.
Includes a visit to the old book depository, the Danish Hall.
Duration: 1 hour ONLY IN DANISH
Tickets can be purchased in the Diamond Information of the Royal Library. Pre-ordering is not possible.
Price: Adults 40 kr. Children free in company with adults.
The price includes free access to the exhibitions in The Black Diamond
Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library) is the national library of Denmark and is the largest and most important library of Scandinavia. The library was founded around 1648 by King Frederik III and was opened to the public in 1793. It contains many historical treasures; for example are all works that have been printed in Denmark since the 17th century deposited here.
Today, the Royal Library have four sites and two of them are located on Søren Kierkegaards Plads: The old building (inside Slotsholmen) was built in 1906 and is a copy of Charlemagne's Palace Chapel in the Aachen Cathedral. In 1999, a new building next to the old one was opened at the waterfront. It is known as the "Den Sorte Diamant” (the Black Diamond) - named for its outside cover of black marble and glass. Besides the library, the Black Diamond houses a concert hall, a restaurant, a café and a small bookshop. Check their webpage for concerts and special exhibitions when you are in town…
The Royal Library Garden is also worth a closer look. It was established in 1920 and is a popular and peaceful place. The Garden is home of a modern fountain in the centre and a statue of famous philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. And the beautiful garden has been chosen for one of the best kissing places in Copenhagen…
One of the best free things to do in Copenhagen is walk along the numerous canals. One evening we walked down to Frederiksholms canal, locals were enjoying the sun (and turn red, funny to see), tour boats were coming with cheerful tourists. We ended down to Inderhavn, there we saw many couples taking pictures (Christians Havn is at the other side and makes it good for background, check pic 1 with the church lying at the back side of modern buildings).
As elsewhere in Copenhagen we noticed some more of the cow parade (see travelogue) but the first thing someone sees there is a huge modern black building (pic 2). It’s Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library ) also known as Black Diamond because of its shape and the black glass and granite that were used (imported from Zimbabwe!) definitely an innovative building that stands next to the original library building from 19th century. The new library houses the National Phography Museum, café/restaurant and a concert hall…
We took some pictures of some sculptures (pic 3) and some boats that were passing by (pic 4) but we also used the two beautiful chairs we saw there (pic 5), we enjoyed the view for some minutes we started walking up towards Nyhavn.
If you like ambitious modern architecture, then you will definitely want to take a look at the Black Diamond that houses the Royal Danish Library on Christiansborg. It's black, reflective, monolithic surfaces stretch up in all kinds of directions. The building straddles the main street that passes underneath, as if that street was an inconvenience to the ambitions of the architect who designed it.
To give you an idea of how black it is. The building is clad in Absolute Black, a kind of granite that was shipped from Zimbabwe, polished in Italy, before finally being placed in Denmark. It's easy to believe the building cost over $50 million euros. The Black Diamond doesn't only contain the library, but also a national museum of photography, and another for cartoons. The interior design is equal in its grandness to the pitch black building itself.
1) It is the Royal Danish Library.
2) It is the university library of the University of Copenhagen.
3) It is the largest library in all the Nordic countries.
This new part of the library was built in 199 and named thus because of it's exterior of black marble and glass.
Seen from the canal the building glitters and twinkles as it reflects the water.
Another brilliant new building on the Copenhagen waterfront is the Black Diamond, opened in 1999, which is part of the Danish Royal Library.
Like most national libraries, this one has to expand periodically because it is the depository for copies of all books and other publications that are printed in the country. The Royal Danish Library claims to have copies of all books printed in Denmark since the 17th century, and even most before that, including the first book that was printed in Danish in 1482.
The new Black Diamond building also includes a concert hall, in addition to huge amounts of shelf space for the library.
Enjoy beautiful concert hall, The Black Diamond inside of The Royal Library in Copenhagen.
The 2nd and 3rd of October, the Solo Pianist and Vocalist is visiting the Black Diamond Presenting:
"The Ultimate Piano Experience – An Incredible Journey In A Universe Of Lights And Sound”
Yul Anderson, the Solo Pianist, Guitarist and Vocalist, is not content with existing musical categories. Anderson’s music is a musical universe; a mixture of 18th and 19th Century Classical Music rooted in American Black Music creating a Flowing and Rhythmic Solo Piano Improvisation.
Yul Anderson is furthermore inspired by improvisers like Jimi Hendrix and Keith Jarrett, the impressionism of Debussy, Ravel and Bach.
He performed the main soundtrack "All Along The Watchtower" in the John Malkovich debut directorial film "The Dancer Upstairs", starring Oscar Winner Javiar Bardem.
Yul Anderson has once played in the streets of Copenhagen. By being the first to put a piano on the streets he has, as Mozart, inspired many people all over Europe to start playing on the streets. Anderson wants to give those who are not familiar with that kind of music the chance to explore classical music and creating generations of new fans who appreciate the classical improvisational music."My meaning is to perform the ultimate piano experience expressed through sounds that carry the listener on a musical journey to a place where they have never been before", Anderson says as he ponders his music.
This time Yul Anderson will perform his only concerts in Denmark in the beautiful concert hall ”The Queen’s Hall”, The Black Diamond in The Royal Library.
To see the promotion video for the Yul Anderson Concert 2009 in The Queen's Room at The Royal Library:
Tickets are available at www.YulAndersonChannel.com and www.BilletNET.dk
The small bicycle nation, Denmark steps forward from the row of the Viking nations.
The former maritime nation declares that he wants now to appear in the world as an architecture nation already. One of the well known contemporary Danish buildings is the Royal Library - aka Black Diamond, a modern extension to the old Royal Library. The walls are coated with black mirror finish from Zimbabwe and resembles a magic stone. The downstairs exhibition area houses always cultural historical exhibitions.
The restaurant Søren K. named after the philosopher Kierkegaard, is located also downstairs and especially famous for seafood.
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Admission Dkk 35,00
Den Sorte Diamond is the name of the new modern royal library. It's quite spectacular as the glass front of this architectural highlight is made out of black glass... It's working as a mirror for the water from the canal it is set by... Very beautiful.
I have seen architects telling stories about this library on TV. Unfortunately they are no longer on my mind, but the view of this glass-steel building I won't forget. If you like modern architecture, visit this place. You can go inside for free and even use free internet there! The views inside are maybe even more beautiful than from outside.
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