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Brits miss out in Turkish antenna tower contest

London-based practice AL_A has narrowly missed out on a project to design a spectacular broadcast tower in Turkey

Amanda Levete’s firm was awarded third prize in the Çanakkale Antenna Tower Competition. Fellow Brits Ian Ritchie Architects effectively came fifth.

An all-Dutch team of Powerhouse Company and Inter.National.Design scooped first prize with a 100m high tower featuring a looping elevated pathway.

A team featuring Norwegian stars Snøhetta came second, while Sou Fujimoto, the designer of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, was also among the eight finalists.

The international design contest attracted 130 entrants.

The winning team said its design clearly separated a visitors’ centre from the antenna tower.

‘In this way, it eliminates any radiation hazard for the visitors and the workers at the visitors’ centre,’ it said.

‘At the same time, people can enjoy the amazing feeling of rising up through the tree tops and soaring over the trees into a platform of 360-degree views, including seeing the antenna as part of the landscape.

‘The antenna tower thus remains very simple and clean, while being very adaptable for future changes in technology. By keeping the technical rooms close to the tower and the road, the functionality of the antenna tower is uncompromised by the visitors’ centre.’

Shortlist in full:

  • Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Snøhetta with Özer/Ürger Architects and Battle Mccarthy
  • Ian Ritchie Architects with Arup
  • AL__A
  • Powerhouse Company with Inter.National.Design
  • TEGET
  • Olaf Gipser Architects with Arup and Deniz Aslan
  • FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise with KOTU+MAPmx Studio and Werner Sobek

    AL_A's scheme for the Turkish antenna contest

    AL_A’s running-up scheme in the Turkish antenna contest

Previous story (AJ 03.01.14)

Levete, Ritchie and Fujimoto among finalists vying for Turkish antenna tower

Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A and Ian Ritchie Architects have been named on an eight-strong shortlist in the competition to design a new antenna tower in Çanakkale, north west Turkey

The designer of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion Sou Fujimoto and Norwegian big hitters Snøhetta are also among the finalists vying for the project which will create a functioning broadcast tower combined with an indoor/outdoor tourist attraction.

The international design contest attracted 130 entrants and the eight shortlisted team have until mid-February to submit their concept designs.

Shortlist in full:

  • Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Snøhetta with Özer/Ürger Architects and Battle Mccarthy
  • Ian Ritchie Architects with Arup
  • AL__A
  • Powerhouse Company with Inter.National.Design
  • TEGET
  • Olaf Gipser Architects with Arup and Deniz Aslan
  • FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise with KOTU+MAPmx Studio and Werner Sobek

The competition has a total prize fund of £110,000, which will be divided between the shortlisted entries and the winner.

The chosen team will be required to partner with a locally registered practice to complete the build which is expected on site in 2015.

Competition brief:

‘Çanakkale, a city of unique urban heritage, is situated on the northwestern coast of Turkey along the Aegean Sea and Dardanelles. The new antenna tower to be designed will be located at the southern outskirt of Çanakkale and will broadcast to the surrounding cities. The site for the proposed tower is on the top of a hill -and within a national forest- providing stunning views of the Dardanelles. The competitors are strongly recommended to consider the technological requirements of the broadcasting tower and recreational potentials of a public entity with equal emphasis.

‘The scope of the competition is not only limited to the design of an iconic antenna tower but also includes development of innovative concepts for creating outdoor and indoor spaces enabling public programs of leisure, recreation and exhibition that will attract local people as well as tourists. The design and the position of the project should create a destination in the region that will be renown throughout Turkey. Outstanding structural solutions are also sought using creative structural systems to meet and enrich the requirements of the proposed architectural design. Although both classical and contemporary structural systems made of any kind of structural material could be selected, stable, structurally sound, and cost effective solutions count significantly. Geotechnical properties of the construction site shall be considered in design and a suitable foundation system shall be proposed.’

Previous story (AJ 31.10.13)

Contest launched for 300m-tall antenna tower in Turkey

The Governor of Çanakkale in Turkey has launched an international competition to design a 300m-tall antenna tower

Teams are tasked with creating ‘innovative’ design concepts for the project which is hoped will act as a tourist draw.

Costing £31 to enter, the competition has a total prize fund of £110,000, which will be divided between the shortlisted entries and the winner.

The chosen team will be required to partner with a locally registered practice to complete the build which is expected on site during 2015.

Registration and portfolios are due by 27 November through the contest page.

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