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CONCERT HALL JORDANEK IN TORUN

Future Projects - Cultural
TORUN, Poland
MENIS ARQUITECTOS
2010
World Architecture Festival 2010 - Category Winner

Jordanek. Render. Interior. Concert Hall 


Jordanek Concert Hall. Torun, Poland.
Torun is known in Poland for being a small town and cared for. Its well-preserved historic center, protected by UNESCO, invites strolling through the cultural tradition that gives fame to it and imagine the time Copernicus lived there.

Jordanek - the plot, is on the edge of this bucolic town, bordering the redevelopment of the city. Next to the old wall that was converted into a park and now runs along the center like a giant green bow, houses a contemporary art center and buildings representing the city with some architectural value.

The city required the management of that parcel with a program that includes an auditorium, a hotel and a conference center. It was thus combining the requirements of the program with some sensitivity to the delicate environment and cultural landscape in which the organization is inserted.

Half of the parcel area is intended to be a park because the proximity of the green arc imposes the perception of the intervention as that of a large open space. In addition, the panoramic view from the river, regarded as the second "miracle" of architecture and nature in Poland, must be kept intact so it is essential that the height of the Auditorium must be the smallest possible.

In addition to meeting the restrictive regulations, the project should be able to develop enough sensitivity in order to emphasize surrounding historic values and respond to new development that articulates.

The Auditorium will decide the fusion of old and new through the use of materials. The interior is of made of brick, a material often found in the façades of the historic center; it is even said that you can touch the Gothic in Torun’s streets. The exterior made of concrete is solved with a very pale version, almost white, and allows to appear the lining in their holes, like a tear, like breaks. The façade reinterprets the tradition of handmade brick while establishing a parallel between the tectonics of the city and the strategic location of the plot. The play of colors, red and white, emphasizes this dichotomy between heritage suggested by the use of brick and modern technology and new urban developments.

We like to explain the volume of the concert hall through the experience of eating ?urek, a very prized dish of Poland. The Zurek is a traditional soup served in a bun, whose crumb has been removed, like a bowl. As in our building, the outer skin remains rigid while responding, inside with a fluid that brings together the different functions, like the many ingredients in this soup in question. The holes in this case is where it is possible to perceive the organic and continuous nature of the interior.

For the program, the peculiarity of the solution includes the possibility of joining together the two rooms required, in 1000 and 300 seats, for big sets for shows. The building is capable of accommodating to so many different events and fits, like a sponge, a broad spectrum of situations. It also provides the possibility of opening the concert hall to the outside through the stage. Like a door, this measure complements the openness and permeability of the building, which allows the user to pass through it toward the square, making a total continuity with the surrounding public space.

Lead Architect »

MENIS ARQUITECTOS
 

Professional Credits »

Acoustics Consultant
Pedro Cerdá Lacaci
Spain

Architect
Mr Fernando Martin Menis
menis arquitectos
Spain
0034 922 288838
info@menis.es

Client / Developer
City Hall of Torun
Poland

Environmental Engineer
Martinez Segovia Fernández Pallas y asociados
Spain

Installations
Milian Associats
Spain

Project Manager
Miss Karolina Mysiak
menis arquitectos
Spain
karol@menis.es

Structural Engineer
Martinez Segovia Fernández Pallas y asociados
Spain
 

Supplier / Product Credits »

white concrete
concrete
Cemex
Poland