Reflections of clouds and blue sky on the ultramodern library extension (aka the Black Diamond), situated on Copenhagen’s harbour in Denmark.
Just inside this library extension is a bank of moving ramps and overhead walkways, while the windows overlook the harbour.Per Kirkeby, a Danish artist, painted this huge mural of flint stones on the ceiling of the new addition. A 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.A 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.Reflections on a book in the display case.Ancient 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!Students studying with their ‘new’ laptops in the ‘old’ section.More 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!
More about our trip to Denmark & Sweden in 2018.
Fabulous post, Elizabeth and marvelous images incorporating the old, new, borrowed, and blue theme. Lovely!
It was fun – great challenge!
Beautiful photos of this fabulous library. Haven’t seen the card catalog for a long while. 🙂
I miss the card catalogue – wasn’t at all happy when they switched to computer searches!
Excellent. I love architecture, old and new. Brutalism style, not so much.
This was like a shard of black ice on the waterfront…
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!
What a beautiful structure! 🙂
LOL for your borrowed aha moment Eluzabeth. Gorgeous images of a beautiful place
I bet a lot of people were a bit stumped when it came to borrowed!
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.
Gorgeous shots of the library next door (!) in Copenhagen. Just loved the borrowed part – laughed out loud…Clever.
I didn’t feel that clever – it was more like ‘duh’!
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