The building, designed by Edward Lach, architect from Wroclaw, is the first venue dedicated to contemporary art in Poland since 1939.
/ 8,236.59 sq m: floor surface
/ 4,146 sq m: exhibition space
/ 552.27 sq m: usable floor area at the observation deck
/ 1,554 sq m: Wi-Fi range
/ 457,63 sq m: studio and kitchen
/ 5 storeys
/ 3 lifts
/ 3 staircases
/ 13 office rooms
/ 80 parking spaces in the underground car park
/ 10 bicycle parking spaces in the underground car park
/ 40 seats in the café
/ 136 seats in the cinema
/ 1 swimming pool
/ 1 cloakroom
/ 1 multimedia library with a reading room
/ 1 bookshop
/ 1 outdoor café
/ 1 conference room
/ 1 openable window
/ 42 pieces of furniture in Studio & Kitchen
/ 446 works of art in the collection
/ 3.70 metres: height
/ 7.26 metres: height of the largest room
/ 328 base lights
/ 22 pillars
The structure was erected by Toruń Municipality thanks to subsidies granted by the European Union (as part of the Integrated Operational Program of Regional Development) and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Architectural barrier-free, the building is accessible to people with disabilities.
The architectural design was made by Leszek Rubik’s R2 Studio.
- Cinema Centrum
The cinema programme includes the latest international films. Apart from daily repertoire, Cinema Centrum presents thematic reviews of feature, art and documentary films as well as video art; authorial meetings and special screenings are organized. The cinema belongs to the Polish network of studio cinemas.
The cinema has 136 comfortable seats, a multimedia projector, professional sound system and 2 microphones.; the projection room is equiped in the 35 mm projectors.
The room is accessible to people with disabilities.
A new space dedicated to the set of dynamic and multidisciplinary activities starts with the launch of a new name “LabSen”: the laboratory of senses. Vision and senses are both fundamental for our way of learning about the world, and should be even more important for our approach towards art. This is especially true for the art of Ernesto Neto which seeks to extend our perceptive field by going beyond the visual and reaching for all the other senses. It’s art that should be touched, sensed, smelt or tasted. Based on these premises, Ernesto Neto, one of the most acclaimed Brazilian artists, conceived a special project for the multifunctional and educational space of CoCA. The “Labsen” project should thus become a sort of open platform for interdisciplinary programs in which different forms of artistic expression and different ways of experiencing art and its contents will be alternated. Visual and performing arts, music, film and dance, art-theory and literature will be some of the inputs of this dynamic and multifunctional space which intends to function as a kind of laboratory of senses, or in other (new) words: “LabSen”.
- Art Bookshop
The only bookshop in Toruń specializing in humanities books and offering CoCA’s publications and gadgets. Apart from albums, books and magazines dedicated to art or reflection on art, the bookshop stocks books from such subjects as cultural studies, philosophy and ethnology, as well as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, science books, academy books for the general public and children’s books. The Art Bookshop sells books from prestigious publishing houses, including MIT Press, Routledge, Yale University Press, Thames and Hudson LTD, Chicago Press, daab Publishing, Phaidon Press, Assouline, or Taschen.
- Reading Room
The Sömmerings’ Reading Room is a modern space of distributing knowledge on visual culture – it’s a place for research, an archive and a freak room, in one. A space that breaks out its readers from their every day routine by the means of letters.
We present books that Kafka described as biting and stinging, making us think. The Reading Room, with its friendly lightining conditions and comfortable furniture, gathers the ever growing set of publications from the wide area of contemporary art and visual culture, all set in a functional catalogue system.
The collection is developed by a few ordering categories, such as : Visual Culture and Art, Catalogues and Monographies, Islands of Books, gathering selected topics. Apart from books, we offer magazines from all around the world, dictionaries, terminals with internet access, e-book collection and wi-fi, as well as thematic exhibitions and literature events.
- Café pARTer
Situated on the gallery’s ground floor, Café pARTer offers not coffee but also quick snacks. On sunny days, our guests may sit in our outdoor boulevard area.
- Undeground Car Park for cars and bicycles
The CoCA building has a supervised underground car park, available exclusively to our visitors. The parking fee is 3 zlotys per hour, parking permits are also on sale.