Istanbul’s futuristic 369m meter-tall new telecommunication tower seeks a sense of motion and rhytm within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Istanbul. Melike Altınışık Architects won the competition to design a telecommunications tower for the Ministry of Transportation and Communication and construction started in 2016 and expected to be completed later this year. Those architectural formations combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry, whose innovative concept allows inhabitable spaces to be attached to the whole of the tower’s core. The project hopes to symbolize the growth of the megacity of Istanbul.
The tower will replace several drab structures currently in use and will combine an estimated 125 broadcasting transmitters in one structure and it will house two-story restaurant and observation deck overlooking views of Istanbul, from Asia to Europe. There will be also a public foyer, cafe, exhibition and mediatec areas inside the podium which is transformed by the existing park walkway in Küçük Çamlıca Grove. The Panorama Elevators which rising on both sides of the building are architectural elements that feed and divide the monolithic body.
Visitors will experience a vertical travel along the 180 meters towards the historical peninsula on the one side, Black Sea Coasts on the other side. They will be able to watch Istanbul from the observation and restaurant ﬂoors where located 400m above sea level. The tower has been topped with 145-meter steel mast supported by a 203-meter concrete core which, as of early April, has reached the total height of 369 meters of construction (589 meters above sea level).
While wind testing was employed to confirm the monumental structure’s overall stability, it was also used to develop the unique facade design and optimize how the load of the building envelope would act on the concrete core. The engineered facade not only provides structural optimization but allows for inhabitable space to radiate around the tower’s central concrete core. In this unique tower which requires advanced engineering techniques both in terms of architectural design and construction methodology, all the design features, architectural planning and material selections were made considering these processes. For further information please visit www.melikealtinisik.com.
PROJECT Istanbul TV and Radio Tower STUDIO Melinke Altinisik ArchitectsLOCATIONIstanbul, Turkey CLIENTUDHB – Ministry of Transportation and Communication STATUSCompetition, Underconstruction DESIGN Melike Altınışık in collaboration with Daniel Widrig PHOTO NAARO, MIR