ÇANAKKALE – The close collaboration of Rotterdam-based practices IND and Powerhouse Company for the design of a new 100-m-tall observation and telecommunications tower in Çanakkale, a Turkish city and seaport located on the southern Asian coast of the Hellespont, has led to a tremendous outcome.
Their winning entry articulates far-reaching technological and programmatic ambitions. The tower is planned to operate as a broadcast antenna as well as to engage visitors – taking them on a contemplative journey, allowing them time to ponder as they walk along a raised, looping path that runs through the forest before returning to a hilltop observation deck offering panoramic vistas.
Besides boasting a distinctive and aesthetic significance, the Çanakkale Antenna Tower was conceived with the intention of eventually becoming a dynamic public destination, fostering social interactions and setting the stage for positive encounters.
The project is all the more interesting as it integrates technologies to a scrupulously context-specific design, respectful of all of the site’s attributes. The architects also harness technological mediums so as to create a heightened architectural experience, appealing the visual and tactile senses.
Photos courtesy of Powerhouse Company