ISTANBUL TV & RADIO TOWER

  • PROJECT
    Istanbul TV and Radio Tower

    LOCATION
    Istanbul, Turkey

    DATE
    2011 – 2020

    CLIENT
    UDHB – Ministry of Transportation and Communication

    STATUS
    Built

    SIZE
    29000 m2

    ARCHITECT
    MELIKE ALTINISIK ARCHITECTS

  • DESIGN 
    Melike Altınışık in collaboration with Daniel Widrig

    PROJECT ARCHITECTS
    Özge Çağlayan, Tuğba Okçuoğlu, Ayça Yontarım

    PROJECT TEAM
    Tan Akıncı, Begüm Aktaş, İrem Coşkun, Gül Ertekin, Büşra Güler, Çiğdem Nur Kebapçı, Selçuk Kişmir, Thomas Kleinow, Samed Tezgah, Ahmet Ünveren

    PROJECT DESIGN DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
    Melih Altınışık

    ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANTS
    Hüsna Al, Ali Arslan, Bahadır Asimov, Yunus Emre Demirkıran, İdris Demirli, İlda Ersezer, Zoe Georgio, Hüseyin Kocakuşaklı, Berfu Oker, Şeyma Özübek, Enes Burhan Pilavcı, Mazyvdas Samuolis, Beste Sensöz, Bilal Torğul, Sümeyye Uçar

    COMPETITION TEAM
    Melike Altınışık in collaboration with Daniel Widrig, Florian Dubiel (visualisation)

    STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
    Balkar 

    STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW
    Thorton Tomasetti

    TELECOMUNICATION ENGINEER
    ABE Teknoloji

    ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
    HB Teknik

    MECHANICAL ENGINEER
    Çilingiroğlu

    WIND ENGINEER
    RWDI

    FACADE ENGINEER
    Newtecnic

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
    DS Landscape

    FIRE STRATEGY CONSULTANT
    Etik

    VERTICAL CIRCULATION CONSULTANT
    3TEK

    ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT
    Pro-Plan

    LIGHTING DESIGN CONSULTANT
    Realities United, Darklighting

    WAY FINDING DESIGN CONSULTANT
    POMPAA

    QUANTITY SURVEY AND FEE ESTIMATION
    Entegre Project Management

    VISUALISATION
    MIR

    PHOTOGRAPHY
    NAARO

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Istanbul’s futuristic 369m meter-tall new telecommunication tower, which began construction in 2015 and and opened its doors to its visitors in May 2021, seeks a sense of motion and rhythm within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Istanbul.  It is the reflection of its nature. Tower has an organic structure that is not familiar within the urban fabric of Istanbul. The main design inputs such as wind direction, local topography, and the sceneries reflected in the form of the tower. 

Its architectural formations combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry, whose innovative concept allows inhabitable spaces to be attached to the whole of the tower’s core. In this unique tower which requires advanced engineering techniques both in terms of architectural design and construction methodology, all the design features, architectural planning and material selections were made considering these processes. 

While wind testing was employed to confirm the monumental structure’s overall stability, it was also used to develop the unique facade design and optimize how the load of the building envelope would act on the concrete core. The engineered facade not only provides structural optimization but allows for inhabitable space to radiate around the tower’s central concrete core.

In this unique tower which requires advanced engineering techniques both in terms of architectural design and construction methodology, all the design features, architectural planning and material selections were made considering these processes. 



A Building that Turns into a Space of Dialogue and Exploration

The telecommunication tower will house two-story 360 view restaurant and observation deck overlooking views of Istanbul, from Asia to Europe.  There will be also a public foyer, café, exhibition and mediatic areas inside the entrance podium. Interior design was developed based on the fact that the building includes unique spaces that offer a new experience and contain futuristic design characters.

The main purpose is to create surprising encounters by establishing strong relationships with where it is located, using light, nature, and spatial spaces; so that it may change people’s perspective, and courage them think differently. The new landmark structure completed its construction process and has started its main telecommunication functions in November 2020. Istanbul TV and Radio Tower opened its doors to public use in May 2021 and since then it is welcoming the visitors from all over the world.