This building is a sponge in a shell. Located in Toruń, Poland, the CKK Jordanki concert hall's exterior is a husk of concrete; the rest is made of "picado", a material architect Fernando Menismade by blending cement with crushed red bricks.
Tenerife-based Menis, 64, used a different picado in 1998, for the Canary island's MAGMA Art and Congress centre, but he tweaked it here with bricks in a nod to Toruń's heritage. "Toruń is a medieval city and 99 per cent of its buildings are made of bricks," he says. "We had to use them."
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