The Jordanek plot is located between the Torún’s old town, protected by UNESCO, and the new development area of the city. This is why the municipality of Torún requested a building to be inserted into the wider context that could be integrated into the cultural and natural landscape. Half of the plot is planned as a park, as the proximity of the green area requires a large open space. Furthermore, the panoramic view from the river, cited as the second “miracle” of architecture and landscape in Poland, had to remain untouched. Therefore the height of the music hall has to be as low as possible.
The hall proposes a solution for the fusion of the old and the new that is also achieved through the materials used for its construction. Bricks will be used for the interior, reminiscent of the façades of the old town. Very clear, almost white concrete will be used for the exterior, occasionally broken up by cracks that reveal the inner layer. 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 two colours – red and white – also underline the relationship between the traditional use of bricks and the technology and modernity of new urban developments.