In collaboration with FRE-E, KOTU STUDIO and JORGE URIAS STUDIO.


Location: Canakkale, Turkey

Type: Antenna Tower, Competition

Structure: concrete core, steel platforms

Team: Fernando Romero, Sergio Rebelo, Isaac Michan Daniel, Erdem Tüzün, Yelta Köm, Jorge Urias, Unai Artetxe, Antonia Wai, Sang-Uk Park, Chris Shelley

Status: 3rd Mention Prize

Year: 2014

Located in a city with a rich history where the ancient battles of Gallipoli and Troy once played out, the joint proposal by FR-EE, KOTUStudio, and MAP/MX for the future Çanakkale Antenna Tower is a vertical extension of these ever-present historical strata becoming Çanakkale’s new “Peak Point”.


The distinct 100m tower presents a novel type of public space, where unexpected domains come together, inviting the locals and visitors of the city inside. The structure progresses as a natural element from the landscape, merging the tower and park typologies to create more than 6,000 sqm for observation, communication, and culture.


The tower rigorously meets the technical requirements that allow it to be able to broadcast signals. Formally, the Antenna Tower presents a new approach to extending a vertical program horizontally, creating a much larger domain for public engagement. The form of the tower is the negotiator between technical and public agendas. The engineering and technical agenda is achieved via the 35-meter antenna with no program at its pinnacle.


The base of the Antenna Tower forms a continuous public space that merges with the existing landscape, a place where technology and nature become integrated. The antenna structure has different deflection points that bend and distort the spiral.


A single surface wraps around the efficient antenna core with spaces for education and exhibitions. Open air spaces where interactive and passive program offerings will gradually emerge and unfold from the moment the visitors enter the tower, including a timeline of historical events, art exhibitions, performance canopies and platforms, benches with shaded areas for relaxation, and a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and landscape of Çanakkale, Turkey.


The design proposal aims to provide the city of Çanakkale with a new structure of multiple forms, readings and meanings. The visitor experience and performance of the tower is a priority, while keeping in mind that technology is ever-changing and that staying flexible for the future requirements of broadcasting antennas is necessary. We believe that a project that has such a strong physical presence and requires significant investment must be conceived as one that meets the demands of today and considers ideas for sustaining the future’s. Ultimately: a place that is open, captivating and egalitarian.