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Black Diamond, Copenhagen

Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
Copenhagen
Denmark 1016
Tel: 45 33 47 47 47
www.kb.dk
Concierge.com's insider take:

This waterfront extension to the Royal Library opened in 1999 and stretches from the original 19th-century structure to the harbor's dockside. The name gives it away: The cubist black monolithic landmark, designed by the Danish firm Schimdt, Hammer & Lassen, looks elegantly inscrutable and a little sinister. Inside, though, things turn warmer. The library now shares space with a multipurpose exhibition center, a concert hall which co-hosts the spring Copenhagen Opera Festival, a book shop, and the National Photographic Musuem. The Photographic Museum is famous for its major collection of early-19th-century photographs (including the largest daguerreotype collection in Scandinavia) along with an ambitious range of contemporary global photography. If all that busy culture works up an appetite, minimalist restaurant Søren K specializes in seafood, so the library's scholars can dig into a plate of grilled halibut with beetroot risotto betwen bouts of arcane research (45-33-47-49-49; www.soerenk.dk).

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