The Jordanek plot is located between the Torún’s old town, protected by the UNESCO, and the new development area of the city. This is why the Municipality of Torún asked for a building which, inserted into a wider programme, could solve its planning by a fine integration of the cultural and natural landscape. The half of the plot is planned as a park since the nearness of the green area requires a big free space. On the other hand, the panoramical view from the river, quoted as the second “miracle” of architecture and landscape in Poland, must remain untouched therefore the height of the Music Hall must be as low as posible
The Music Hall gives a solution for the fusion between old and new and that is fulfilled also through the materials which are going to be used for its construction. For the interior, bricks are going to be used as a recall of the façades of the old town. For the exterior very clear, almost white concrete is going to be used and in some place it is “broken” by some cracks which reveal the interior coating. The façade reinterprets the traditional handicraft of the bricks and establishes a parallel between the tectonics of the city and the strategic situation of the plot. The 2 colours -red and white – are also a way for outlining the relation between the traditional use of bricks and the technology and modernity of new urban developments.
We like to explain the volume of the concerts hall by telling the experience of eating a a very appreciated polish dish called Zurek. This is a tradicional soup presented inside a round bread, turned into a bowl by putting out the crumb. In our building, the exterior skin stays rigid, while inside it answers to the fluid which gathers different functions, as it where the different ingredients of this soup. It is through the cracks or holes made into this bowl, where one can perceive the organic and continuos nature of the interior space.
Regarding the programme, there is a particular solution which gives the possibility to turn the 2 halls, each of 1000 and 3000 seats respectively, into just 1 hall in case of big performances. The building is therefore able to shelter different types of events and can adapt as a sponge, to a wide variety of situations.
ARCHITECT Fernando Menis
COLLABORATORS Menis arquitectos
Sergio Bruns Benegas
Roberto Delgado Díaz
Pruden Arnau Orenga
Juan Alberto Bercedo Bello
Antonio Martínez Hernández
Juan Enrique Saiz Martín
Milian Associats S.A
Martínez Segovia Fernández, Pallas y Asociados, S.A.
Pedro Cerdá Lacaci