Jordanék Music Hall to aid Torún’s bid for European Capital for Culture 2016
The city of Torún in Poland is embarking on a mission to bear the title of European Capital for Culture 2016. The prestigious accolade brings great investment opportunities, raising the European wide profile of cities to encourage tourism, and importantly, brings new architectural thinking to contending cities who are encouraged by competition to produce quality arenas for culture.
As part of their competing strategy, the city of Torún tendered a competition for the Jordanék Music Hall, which was won by Menis Arquitectos in late 2008 and the completion of which is due in 2012.
The Music Hall's location will prove helpful not only for the Capital for Culture bid, but also as a unifying force between the UNESCO protected old town and the new town. In order to protect panoramic views of the river, the building will maintain a low profile and will help to integrate the cultural and the natural by providing half of its space to park land.
Abridging the old and new town, the Music Hall is able to fuse the two zones together through its use of materials. A 'broken' white concrete facade will reveal a traditional brick layer beneath reinterpreting the traditional use of materials.
Fernando Menis, the author of the project likes to explain the volume of the concerts hall by telling the experience of eating a very appreciated polish dish called Zurek. "This is a traditional soup presented inside a round bread, turned into a bowl by removing the crumb. In this 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."
The functionality of the building manifests itself in two halls of 1,000 and 3,000 capacity which can be adapted into one larger hall. The flexibility will allow the city of Torún space for a wide variety of performances and increase its cultural output to act as a vehicle for the 2016 bid.
Niki May Young