Back in December 2013 WAN published a shortlist of eight practices who had made the final stages of a competition to design a 100m-tall observation and broadcast tower in the city of Çanakkale, Turkey. This competition has now been won by IND [Inter.National.Design] + Powerhouse Company in collaboration with ABT.
The brief, published by WAN’s Business Information Service, stipulated that alongside the technological requirements of a broadcasting tower, the structure must include public amenities for educational, recreational and exhibition use. The winning proposal achieves this by uniting the different functional and spatial requirements in a single gesture.
Its bright orange form contrasting dramatically with the rich green foliage of the wooded site, IND + Powerhouse Company’s concept comprises an elevated pathway that glides across the site in a simple loop, culminating in a soaring 100m tower at one end.
Wide-angle viewing is available across the structure as visitors to the Çanakkale Antenna Tower are presented with the opportunity to engage with the forested site from an elevated position. The path has been situated at the external site boundary to create an open garden in the centre.
Both visitors and workers will be protected from any radiation hazard as the two key elements of the structure - the visitor centre and the antenna tower - have been kept separate. Clean lines have been adopted throughout and the design kept simple to enable future adaptations as technology advances over time.
Client: Province of Canakkale
Design: Arman Akdogan, Felix Madrazo, Charles Bessard and Nanne de Ru
Team: Alejandro Gonzalez Perez, Stijn Kemper, Albert T. Richters, Onur Can Tepe, Bibiana Paez, Bruno Barbosa, Donna van Milligen Bielke, Paul Rikken, Joanna Kutaczkowska
Structural Engineering: ABT, Han Krijgsman, Jouke Pieter Lutgendorf
Antenna Engineering: Hasan Yesilova, Nizamettin Cetinyilmaz