Surprisingly Subtle 300-Foot Radio Tower

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March 13, 2014
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  1. Canakkale Antenna
The winning design, from a collaboration between IND (Inter.National.Design), Powerhouse Company  and the consulting firm ABT, is a unique structure that not only makes a case for local icon status, but also manages to respect the city and site while creating unexpected public space. Architect Felix Madrazo said the challenge was about respecting people’s increased awareness and sensitivity to topology and geography. 
“We wanted to do something that was recognizable but with restraint,” he says. “As subtle as possible.” 
Photo from Powerhouse Company
    1. Canakkale Antenna

    The winning design, from a collaboration between IND (Inter.National.Design), Powerhouse Company and the consulting firm ABT, is a unique structure that not only makes a case for local icon status, but also manages to respect the city and site while creating unexpected public space. Architect Felix Madrazo said the challenge was about respecting people’s increased awareness and sensitivity to topology and geography.

    “We wanted to do something that was recognizable but with restraint,” he says. “As subtle as possible.”

    Photo from Powerhouse Company

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  2. Canakkale Antenna  
The search for a shape with minimum impact led to the winning design, almost like an inverted, knotted tie, that separates the antenna and observation deck from the recreational facilities at ground level. Not only does the final design have minimum impact on the hill, but the curvature at the base actually led to the idea of the walkway and interior gardens, a feature not included in the original brief. Madrazo’s team also discovered that, due to the unique shape, the profile changes as viewers approach the tower. 
Photo from Powerhouse Company
    2. Canakkale Antenna

    The search for a shape with minimum impact led to the winning design, almost like an inverted, knotted tie, that separates the antenna and observation deck from the recreational facilities at ground level. Not only does the final design have minimum impact on the hill, but the curvature at the base actually led to the idea of the walkway and interior gardens, a feature not included in the original brief. Madrazo’s team also discovered that, due to the unique shape, the profile changes as viewers approach the tower.

    Photo from Powerhouse Company

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  3. Canakkale Antenna  
The Çanakkale Antenna is on an aggressive construction plane, set to be finished in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli. 
Photo from Powerhouse Company
    3. Canakkale Antenna

    The Çanakkale Antenna is on an aggressive construction plane, set to be finished in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli.

    Photo from Powerhouse Company

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  4. Canakkale Antenna Recreational Facility 
The design incorporate a large ring that forms an interior garden. 
 
Photo from Powerhouse Company
    4. Canakkale Antenna Recreational Facility

    The design incorporate a large ring that forms an interior garden.

    Photo from Powerhouse Company

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  5. Canakkale Antenna Design Sketch 
The Turkish city of Canakkale announced a contest last year to design a massive observation and broadcast tower for a hillside overlooking the former Ottoman fortress. 
Photo from Powerhouse Company
    5. Canakkale Antenna Design Sketch

    The Turkish city of Canakkale announced a contest last year to design a massive observation and broadcast tower for a hillside overlooking the former Ottoman fortress.

    Photo from Powerhouse Company

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