Istanbul TV and Radio Tower
2011 – 2020
UDHB – Ministry of Transportation and Communication
MELIKE ALTINISIK ARCHITECTS
ISTANBUL TV & RADIO TOWER
Melike Altınışık in collaboration with Daniel Widrig
Özge Çağlayan, Tuğba Okçuoğlu, Ayça Yontarım
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
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
Melike Altınışık in collaboration with Daniel Widrig, Florian Dubiel (visualisation)
STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW
FIRE STRATEGY CONSULTANT
VERTICAL CIRCULATION CONSULTANT
LIGHTING DESIGN CONSULTANT
Realities United, Darklighting
WAY FINDING DESIGN CONSULTANT
QUANTITY SURVEY AND FEE ESTIMATION
Entegre Project Management
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.