Küçük Çamlica TV Tower
The Küçük Çamlca TV Tower (KCTV) is being constructed in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a 365m-tall telecoms tower and will be the tallest in Istanbul, replacing a number of existing towers. It will accommodate 125 broadcasting transmitters and is expected to become a new landmark for the city, attracting 4.5 million visitors a year.
The £36m tower will comprise a 220m high concrete core topped by a 145m steel mast. It will feature innovative facades designed by UK company Newtecnic that allow the inclusion of inhabitable spaces along the entire length of the tower’s central core. This will include restaurants and high-level observation decks on the 33rd and 34th floors, exhibition and meeting spaces and a panoramic elevator.
Newtecnic CEO Andrew Watts said; “Because of the complexity and cost of building, towers of this height normally have accommodation only at the top. Using specially developed algorithms we devised a design that allows lightweight pre-fabricated glass reinforced concrete (GRC) panels to be attached all the way up the central column. These hang like a curtain and are securely clipped to the main central core to create large interior spaces… The envelope system was designed to minimise installation time and uses an innovative method that integrates thin GRC rainscreen panels, stiffened by a steel frame. This is fixed directly to a backing wall that incorporates integrated glazed openings”.
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