Old and New Combine in Copenhagen’s Main Library, Denmark

Reflections of clouds and blue sky on the ultramodern library extension (aka the Black Diamond), situated on Copenhagen’s harbour in Denmark.

The 'Black Diamond', modern architecture addition to the old library in Copenhagen, Denmark The 'Black Diamond' reflecting the clouds; a modern architecture addition to the old library in Copenhagen, DenmarkJust inside this library extension is a bank of moving ramps and overhead walkways, while the windows overlook the harbour.Inside the ultramodern library extension (aka the Black Diamond) in Copenhagen, DenmarkPer Kirkeby, a Danish artist, painted this huge mural of flint stones on the ceiling of the new addition. In the Copenhagen Library is a ceiling mural inspired by flint stones by the Danish artist Per KirkebyA skylight overhead lights up the area where the ultramodern new building meets the original library established in 1648, becoming known as the Royal Danish Library in 2005.Skylight where the new meets the old in the main library in Copenhagen, DenmarkA ring of lights and a group of ancient characters overlook a display case in the Octagon, a hall created in 1906 to be the entrance to the Old Reading Room.A ring of lights in the old section of the main library in Copenhagen, DenmarkReflections on a book in the display case.A ring of lights and a circle of stained glass reflected in the display case in the old section of the main library in Copenhagen, DenmarkAncient card files by the door of the cavernous stacks of the Old Reading Room. We were not allowed to take photos, or to enter without a library card but it looked ancient!Ancient card files in the old section of the main library in Copenhagen, DenmarkStudents studying with their ‘new’ laptops in the ‘old’ section.Walking towards the door in the old section of the main library in Copenhagen, DenmarkMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue. The ‘borrowed’ part of this challenge had me stumped until I remembered that this was a library and that’s what people do there!

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15 responses to “Old and New Combine in Copenhagen’s Main Library, Denmark

      • BTW I like the library and wasn’t thinking of it as Brutalism, which I consider to be the heavy concrete masses, particularly of the Soviet-era countries of the ’40s and ’50s. The Black Diamond is beautiful.

      • I had to look up Brutalism and what I saw did not look like at all like the library – it did look like Vancouver’s most famous architect, Arthur Erickson’s work, and although he is not classed as a ‘Brutalist’ I find his concrete structures cold and unappealing, and also prone to the black tropical rot that thrives in our damp weather!

  1. Hi Albatz, I’m new to your blog. I work in a library, and always look for great libraries when I’m travelling. I actually saw this one on a trip to Copenhagen. Beautiful.

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