FERNANDO MENIS (1951-)
CKK JORDANKI THEATRE
Torun, Poland
2015

Set in a green ring around the centre of Torun, an UNESCO protected Polish town, that borders the new development of the city. The project site is designed to cover the half of the area of the site. This is to give the remaining area to the park. A green arc is created to create views onto the Auditorium as well as to make the park appear larger. The views to the river stay untouched by having kept the building’s height the smallest possible. The small height, on the other hand, allowed the building to blend with the neighbourhood and the site, the visual effect achieved is that of a natural object, a rock.

The exterior is made of almost white concrete. As the concrete shell is cut and carved away, shades of red appear as the lining in its holes. The building’s use of material is a reinterpretation of the traditional use of brick, establishing a parallel between the tectonics of the city and the location of the plot. The interplay of colours, red and white, emphasizes the dichotomy between the modern and historic architecture. Menis uses to explain the volume of the concert hall through the experience of eating Zurek, a very popular dish, eaten in Poland. Zurek is a traditional soup served in a bun whose crumb has been removed and its outer shell is used as a bowl.
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