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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.’

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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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