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CKK Jordanki Listed As Protected By UNESCO

CKK Jordanki, designed by Fernando Menis in 2015, is a convention and Cultural Center structure located in Poland. Located in the city of Torun, which is listed as protected by UNESCO, it was built on Yesil green land surrounding the historic city center. The building is located in a small part of the project area so that the remaining Yesil area can be used as a park.

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Fernando Menis wanted to keep the height of the cultural center he designed low. In this way, the structure rises in harmony with the green texture around it, like a Yesil rock coming out of the ground. It also avoids interfering with the river view behind it due to the lowness of the structure.

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The most important architectural element that makes CKK Jordanki unique is the architect’s choice of materials. Menis reinterprets the use of traditional bricks with a preference for materials. Outside the structure, mostly lean white concrete was used. The center’s form, which resembles a natural stone, creates spaces and openings by opening and carving cuts at some points. In these parts, a red texture appears from the inside of the white concrete.

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Created using a technique called Picado, this red material was obtained by mixing concrete and recycled red bricks from a local factory. This technique creates an impressive visual effect and increases the acoustic performance inside the structure. Menis first used the picado technique by mixing volcanic stones with concrete in another structure. The reason he used red brick in the mix when designing CKK Jordanki is because almost all of the buildings in Torun City have red brick facades. Thus, CKK Jordanki becomes a modern structure that references the traditional texture of the city.

Image Credit: Jakub Certowicz

CKK Jordanki is not just a concert hall. Menis created the structure’s program based on spatial flexibility. In this way, a complex has emerged where various concerts and events can be organized with the budget allocated for only one concert hall. The designed theater space has been resolved to suit different capacity screenings with movable walls and seating elements. Thanks to the dynamic ceiling design of the center, the structure has acoustic equipment that can accommodate many performances such as symphonic concerts, chamber music performances, theater, opera, and film screenings. In addition, the Hall’s stage opens to the outside, connecting the inside stage with the park outside the structure and allowing outdoor performances.

Architect: Fernando Menis
Location: Torun, Poland
Year built: 2015

Image Credit: Jakub Certowicz

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