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Cave-Like Concert Hall Built From Broken Brick and Concrete

Over in Toruń, Poland, Spanish architect Fernando Menis has unveiled the newly completed CCK Jordanki concert hall, a 234,653-square-foot venue he designed for the city in 2008. Though Toruń is famous for its UNESCO-protected Medieval town center, this performance hall situated on the way to the newer part of the city is no doubt more forward-thinking in both form and function. As Dezeen reports, Menis employed picado, an innovative technique that involves mixing concrete and broken red brick, to create the warm, cavernous interiors of the building.

The organic, mosaic-like surfaces, which kind of reminds us of Marmoreal, the dazzling new engineered marble created by British designer Max Lamb, is, per the architect, also a boon for acoustics. "Thanks to its dynamic ceiling, the building can be tuned to effectively absorb symphonic performances, chamber, theatre, opera, and film and meet any acoustic requirements the theatre designer requires," Menis tells Dezeen. And with partition walls and removable seats, the space itself is supposed to be flexible, capable of serving as two separate concert halls or one massive venue. Get the full story and more photos here.


Fernando Menis combines crushed brickwork and concrete for cavernous concert hall in Poland [Dezeen]
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