6. The Black Diamond

The Black Diamond was designed as an extension to The Royal Library and lies adjacent to the old library cathedral of Hans J. Holm of 1906. It gets its name from its blunt cut edges and black-marbled facade that glistens under the sun-lit sky and reflects the water of the harbor. The glassed incision through the central atrium allows its views of the harbor and additionally attempts to juxtapose the old library behind into its extended counterpart. Besides holding one of the largest libraries in Scandinavia, it also plays host to several cultural activities and has since been an impressive addition to the waterfront promenade of Copenhagen.

Designed by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen.

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The Black Diamond at the waterfront; Source: Our Way
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The Old Library Building with The Black Diamond; Source: SHL Architects
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Interior Atrium of The Black Diamond; Source: SHL Architects

7. Kastrup Sea Bath

Located on the east coast of Amager in Copenhagen, this swimming facility was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe award in 2007 for its contemporary rendition of a Scandinavian Sea Bath. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Snail’, the circular built mass rises in its mighty Azobe wood, far from the shore, gently folding into itself with a wooden-pier carpet to entice you in. Such a sculptural dynamism was brought to provide this open-to-all facility security and protection from the harsh Øresund winds. Its orientation towards the South coupled with its concentric interiors, warm the center, promising a wholesome swimming experience. Additionally, the ramped-decks and spotlighting, ensure that the public center is accessible to all.

Designed by White Arkitekter.

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The Kastrup Sea Bath; Source: Archello
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The Kastrup Sea Bath; Source: Modlar
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Aerial View of The Kastrup Sea Bath; Source: White Arkitektur

8. 8Tallet (8 House)

Following the environmental optimization and programmatic flexibility of the VM Houses, 8Tallet is designed as a mixed-use development in the south of Ørestad, accommodating three residential typologies with retail and office spaces, by stacking the zones horizontally and connecting them through a continuous promenade. What strikes the eye is the addition of a cycle track up to the 10th floor, folding the otherwise planar neighborhood within its volumetric knot. A proud recipient of the AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture in 2012, this project is not a far-throw from an existing formula, to ensure a successful mixed-use development; It, however, seeks to question and experiment with its duo-dimensionality.

Designed by BIG Architects.

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8Tallet; Source: www.8tallet.dk
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8Tallet; Source: Timos
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8Tallet; Source: Pinterest

9. Forest Tower

An outlandish-helical tower rising above the dense treetops of the Gisselfeld Klosters Forest at a height of 45 meters, The Forest Tower is part of Denmark’s largest climbing park, Camp Adventure, which is located an hour south of Copenhagen. It had garnered awards and recognition much before it was opened to the public, due to its seamless intervention into the Danish forests, adopting an hourglass profile to accommodate canopies of the adjoining vegetation and a spiral board-ramp for inclusivity. With the platform at the top situated at 135 m above sea level, the tower offers panoramic views of the South Zealand landscape, and on clear days, even the Oresund Bridge which connects Copenhagen to Malmo.

 Designed by EFFEKT.

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Aerial View of Forest Tower; Source: Lonely Planet
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Forest Tower; Source: Dezeen
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Forest Tower; Source: Lonely Planet

 10. Nyhavn.

Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, and one of the most famous streets in the city. It is lined with brightly-colored townhouses, characteristics of the 17th and early 18th-century architectural styles, many of which are now turned into bars, cafes and restaurants. Designed by King Christian V, it has come to be recognized as a remarkable token of Danish history and an urban landmark for tourists and locals alike. It is especially interesting to see how these socio-recreational strip changes shades throughout the days and seasons.

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Nyhavn Waterfront; Source: Lonely Planet
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Aerial View of Nyhavn; Source: Time Out
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Nyhavn Waterfront; Source: Agoda
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Shivani Pinapotu
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Shivani Pinapotu is almost an architect. She started writing to make sense of architecture and in it, she found her joy. She believes that architecture is as much a creative process as it is an expression, a celebration, a million stories untold and she aspires to unfold them all through her words.

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