Location : Canakkale, Turkey
Type : Antenna Tower, Competition
Status : 3rd Mention Prize
Year : 2013
Team : Isaac Michan Daniel, Fernando Romero, Sergio Rebelo, Erdem Tüzün, Yelta Köm, Jorge Urias, Unai Artetxe, Antonia Wai, Sang-Uk Park, Chris Shelley
A city of rich history, where ancient battles of Gallipoli and Troy once played out, FR-EE, KOTUStudio’s and MAP/MX’s proposal for the future Çanakkale Antenna Tower is a vertical extension of these ever present historical strata becoming Çanakkale’s new “Peak Point”.
The distinct 100m tower presents a noval type of public space, where unexpected domains come together, inviting the locals and visitors of the city inside. The structure progresses as a natural element from the landscape, merging the tower and park typologies to create more than 6000 m2 for observation, communication and culture.
The tower rigorously meets the technical requirements of being able to broadcast signals. Formally, the Antenna Tower presents a new approach to extending vertical program horizontally, creating a much larger domain for public engagement. The form of the tower is the negotiator between technical and public agendas. The engineering and technical agenda is achieved via the 35-meter antenna with no program at its pinnacle.
The base of the Antenna Tower forms a continuous public space that merges with the existing landscape, a place where technology and nature become integrated. The antenna structure has different deflection points that bend and distort the spiral.
A single surface wraps around the efficient antenna core with spaces for education and exhibits Open air spaces with interactive and non-active program offerings will gradually emerge and unfold from the moment the visitors enter the tower, including a timeline of historical events, art exhibits, performance canopies and platforms, benches with shaded areas for relaxation, as well as a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and landscape of Çanakkale, Turkey.
The design proposal aims to provide the city of Çanakkale with a new structure of multiple forms, readings and meanings. The visitor experience and performance of the tower is a priority, while keeping in mind that technology is ever-changing and staying flexible for the future requirements of broadcasting antennas. We believe that a project with this physical presence and significant investment must be conceived as one that meets the demands of today with ideas for sustaining in the future. Ultimately - a place that is open, captivating and egalitarian.