Istanbul’s futuristic TV tower offers panoramic views of both Asia and Europe


It isn’t always that a skyscraper looks over two continents at once. But giving you a rare chance to witness this architectural miracle is Istanbul’s new TV and radio tower. The 1210 feet building aims to introduce a dialogue with the urban fabric of the city and the surrounding context.


Built by Turkey’s Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA), it boasts a restaurant and viewing area offering the most stunning vistas of the point where Europe and Asia meet. It is further designed to withstand heavy winds and consists of a steel-reinforced concrete core, a sculpted facade, and a large steel mast on top.

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On the inside, the building consists mainly of technical floors inaccessible to the public. However, there are some spaces that are open to visitors such as the grass-covered podium on the ground floor complete with the foyer, cafe, and exhibition spaces, and of course the restaurant and observation point.


Commenting on it, MAA in a statement said, “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 encourage them to think differently.”

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In the works since 2011, the tower has recently been completed and will officially open doors in the latter part of the year. It expects a footfall of 4.5 billion annually – a figure we only assume to higher post the pandemic!

[Via: Designboom]