Today’s post comes from Alyson Dalby, ILN Program Coordinator
I believe that the name Black Diamond only refers to part of the library – the new extension that juts out towards the water in Copenhagen. This extension connects seamlessly to the old part of the library, in the Holm Building. I love the striking nature of the architecture – it’s not gentle, or timid. It’s bold and sharp. Which, by itself, I would not find so appealing – it works well because of how it’s used in combination with the older architecture.
The use of light in the building is fantastic. There’s a tall atrium through which light pours and the view out to Copenhagen’s canals is gorgeous, pure Copenhagen (a pretty city). I spent some time wandering amongst the glass walls, taking in the light and lines. And then, I wandered down a corridor, and found myself in the old part of the library, without warning, where I also saw some beautiful architecture and design. These bookends charmed me.
If I could speak to the designers I’d love to know about the practicalities of piecing the two buildings together. I have no building skills whatsoever – I would love to see how they stitched these very different elements together, down to the knocking out of walls!