We believe that the success of the idea goes through the way we understand “¨The site”. Our proposal comes in response to this wonderful and strategic point that has to rise up the Telecommunications Tower that the City of Istanbul plans to build.
The beauty of Istanbul, and this particular place is due, largely, to the environment, the landscape, the Bosporus, the Marmara Sea, the Black sea, the Golden Horn, the nearby mountains… it´s the bridge between Europe and Asia, cultures and continents come together here, in history this landscape has starred important moments. Indeed, few cities enjoy more favorable natural conditions.
The topography of mountains in the Asian side of Istanbul ends in the mountains of Çamlica, the gravitational center of Istanbul. It is the center of population density of more than 15 million, and that revolves around this center.
From the site, the view shows the city and the landscape with all those geographical features contained in the manuals: bays, islands, beaches, rivers, mountains. Through history, Istanbul is characterized by the respect for the geography in which it sits.
For this reason the natural landscape has not to be swallowed by the architecture; our proposal offers an end to the conquest of the buildings and artifacts here. That is why we should not build any kind of building, but an object that clearly reveals the natural attributes of the place. Our proposal is simple and in a natural way, as an element that does not belong to the city, but belongs to the landscape. Maybe we’re talking about a minaret sculpted by the wind? Maybe we’re talking about a twenty-first century lighthouse? Or maybe not. We leave the citizen freely to find the object identified.
Body: The body it is formalized by the sum of a core + program (functions).
The body has mainly a structural and technical role: stands the tower and carries MEP + vertical transportation
Skin: The main characteristics of the skin are:
a) The thread: The thread is a flexible element. The sum of threads constitutes a flexible dress that adapts to the body (core + program) and gives shape to the tower.
b) Floor plan flexibility: The shape of the dress varies (and also the size of the floor plan) to allow the different functions in the tower.
c) Modeled by the Wind: The tower is related to the wind. It not only works thanks to the energy of the wind but its final appearance resembles an element that had been shaped by the wind.
Texture: the texture changes pending on the distance in which the observer is located. It looks like a solid form from the distance and transforms into a mesh when the observer approaches to the tower.
Light: The skin allows to located lights inside of it. We have several options for the light effects of the tower. To highlight the core using inverse LEDS or to high light the shape placing led inside the skin.
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Total land area: 14.000 m²
Total building area: 21.556 m²
Height: Height of the tower + Height of the antenna equipment = 225.50 m + 130 m
Completion Date: 2011 project
Landscape Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office in collaboration with Dome Partners
Architecture Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office in collaboration with Dome Partners
Photography: All images courtesy of RTA-Office
Client: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
inverse LEDS or to high light the shape placing led inside the skin.