Volcanic rock: Menis Arquitectos carves out a new landmark for Toruń, Poland

Volcanic rock new landmark
Four dramatic concrete volumes make up the latest major architectural addition to the city of Toruń in Poland. The CKK Jordanki is a new culture and congress centre designed by Tenerife based Menis Arquitectos. Photography: Roland Halbe
(Image credit: Roland Halbe)

It seems that an architectural relationship is quietly being forged between Poland and Spain. After the award-winning Szczecin Philharmonic Hall project (by Barcelona-based duo Barozzi Veiga) and the successful Chopin Airport redevelopment in Warsaw (by Estudio Lamela from Madrid), Tenerife-based architect Fernando Menis has just completed a new culture and congress centre in the northern city of Toruń. 

CKK Jordanki is a striking composition of four irregular volumes, inspired by Tenerife's volcanic landscapes and merged into an old public city park. The complex is made out of white concrete imprinted with the natural grain of timber boards, matched by the streaks of glass corridors.

The standout element, though, is the red brick mosaic that makes a partial appearance in parts of the elevations, but is omnipresent in the complex's interiors. This is not ornamentation for ornamentation's sake; it is the architect's homage to Toruń's medieval architecture, itself responsible for the city's inclusion on  the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The new cultural centre houses two state-of-the-art, sculptural auditoriums that bring to mind three-dimensional cubist compositions. They seat 882 and 300 people, respectively, but can be adjusted to become a single larger space thanks to a common, retractable wall.

With their modern technical solutions (removable seats and ceiling elements, excellent acoustics and a flexible stage that can open towards the outside, as well as inside), they are suited not only to music concerts (both symphonic and popular), but also cinema, opera or theatre. Additionally, the spacious complex can now also play host to larger congresses and fairs.

The CKK Jordanki's doors were first opened in December; the centre became an instant success, gaining approval from both tourists and the city's inhabitants. With its eye-catching architecture, original use of materials and flexible programme, the cultural complex is sure to become Toruń's new urban landmark – adding to its renown as the hometown of Copernicus and its rich heritage of Gothic monuments. 

interior is clad in a playful red brick mosaic

The centre's interior is clad in a playful red brick mosaic, which references the city's medieval past. Photography: Iwan Baan

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

houses two state-of-the-art, sculptural auditoriums

The new cultural centre houses two state-of-the-art, sculptural auditoriums that can seat 882 and 300 people, respectively. Photography: Roland Halbe

(Image credit: Roland Halbe)

two auditoriums

The two auditoriums' flexible and modern design means that they can merge into one single extra large space, should the need present itself. Photography: Jakub Certovicz

(Image credit: Jakub Certovicz)


For more information, visit Menis Arquitectos' website


Centrum Kulturalno- Kongresowe Jordanki
Aleja Solidarności 1–3
87-100 Toruń


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