FR-EE on international shortlist for Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey

Team FR-EE & KOTU+MAPmx Studio & Werner Sobek are selected to proceed in the international competition to design a 100m tall Observation & Broadcast Tower in Çanakkale, Turkey. Eight teams, including Snøhetta, Sou Fujimoto Architects and AL_A, among others have been shortlisted from a total of 130 entries.

Located in the historic city of Çanakkale, three hours southwest from Istanbul, the new Observation Tower and broadcast antenna will sit on a hill-top in a national forest reserve, overlooking the Dardanelles strait that connects Europe and mainland Asia.

The 8 finalists are asked to submit a design proposal, which integrates the technical standards for 21st century broadcasting and an intriguing design concept to advance the architectural profile of the city. FR-EE collaborates with local architect KOTU+MAPmx Studio and engineer Werner Sobek to submit a design proposal by February 2014.

The Çanakkale Observation Tower seeks to invite the public inside with exhibition spaces and recreational facilities at the lower levels of the tower. Indoor and outdoor observation decks will offer panoramic views of the city for local citizens and visitors.

FR-EE’s experience includes Mexico’s Bicentennial Ring, the G20 International Convention Centre in Los Cabos, Mexico and the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, a cultural institution largely known for its sculptural form, ornamental facade and internal sequence.

The winning proposal will be announced in March 2014. The construction is projected to be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Galipoli by 2015.

FR-EE/Fernando Romero Enterprise is a 60-person architecture firm located in Mexico City and New York. FR-EE’s work balances the interests of public and private entities while translating contemporary moments and culture through research, design, technology and construction. In 2002, Fernando Romero was named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” at the World Economic Forum and he was recently made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Fernando has lectured at Columbia University and recently gave a lecture at BGSU Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Upcoming lectures for 2014 include University of Michigan and Strelka Institute in Moscow.

The international competition for the future Çanakkale Observation Tower is organized by the City of Çanakkale. The jury is comprised of City officials and international experts, including the Governor of Çanakkale Ahmet Çinar, Secreteray General Ayhan Gider, Caroline Bos from UNStudio and Louis Becker from Henning Larsen Architects.

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