Anniversary exhibition: ON THE EDGE - The Black Diamond 25 years

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In celebration of the Black Diamond’s 25th anniversary, the Royal Danish Library and Schmidt Hammer Lassen proudly present the exhibition "ON THE EDGE - The Black Diamond 25 years."

Through a quarter-century, the Black Diamond has served as a public institution where culture, community, and academia come together in a dynamic architectural landmark on the Copenhagen waterfront.

The exhibition’s title "ON THE EDGE" refers to the story of a building that, at its inauguration in 1999, stood on the edge of a burgeoning city and on the edge of the water.

In embracing openness and inclusivity, inviting the wider public within its walls, the Black Diamond symbolised a departure from the traditional view of the Royal Danish Library as an elitist bastion. It set a precedent for leveraging waterfront proximity as a city-wide asset and demonstrated how contemporary library design could accommodate diverse activities and people.

The exhibition offers unique insights into the conception of one of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings - from the inception of the competition proposal to its grand completion, delving into its visionary design, distinctive architecture, and its ongoing and future role within the city.

The exhibition is on display at The Black Diamond from February 23 to August 10, 2024.

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