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The Black Diamond Building

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The Black Diamond is one of the new (1999) buildings on the waterfront of Copenhagen. The building was designed by Danish architects Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen. Named for its tilted outside cover of black marble and glass. It houses The Royal Danish Library and a concert hall.

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C: Boersen - The Stock Exchange

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E: Frederiksholms Canal

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F: Hall at The Danish National Museum

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Hall at The Danish National Museum

G: Copenhagen Metro

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I: Cafe at Danish Architecture Centre

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Cafe at Danish Architecture Centre

J: Christianshavn, Copenhagen

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Christianshavn, Copenhagen

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Text by Steve Smith.

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