Star of the TV Tower in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan TV Tower

Standing tall and proud in the Köpetdag mountains south of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the shimmering, star-shaped TV Tower is impossible to ignore. It’s particularly eye-catching when the light flows through the glass façade, constructed using SCHOTT NARIMA® color effect glass.

Background

The record-breaking TV tower – the tallest in Turkmenistan – was built to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this Asian nation’s independence from the former USSR, and to showcase Turkmenistan's “Golden Age” – a period of rapid growth and increased quality of life. The proposed total height of 211 m was chosen to represent the year of its planned unveiling (2011), with the focal point being a giant Oghuz Khan eight-pointed star, a national emblem prevalent throughout the country and incorporated into the design of everything from buildings to streetlamps to carpets.

The TV Tower in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan illuminated at night

Task

When the government of Turkmenistan commissioned Turkish architecture firm Polimeks COE to draw up plans for a new TV tower to be built in the capital city of Ashgabat, they wanted a landmark that would focus the world's attention on the newly independent country on the 20th anniversary of the split with its former Soviet rulers. The building would not only be visible from miles around but also offer views across the city and its surrounding mountains. Practical considerations were also key: a 38-meter-high antenna would form part of a state-of-the-art media hub, with television studios and broadcasting facilities also housed there.

Solution

At the request of the architects, the glass façade of the building’s eight-pointed star was covered in specially made NARIMA® glass in a customized “Blue” color. The star, styled after the Oghuz Khan symbol that’s a key icon of national pride in Turkmenistan, covers a total surface area of 3,240 m2, making it the largest man-made star in the world – a fact confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. SCHOTT provided 5,044.5 m2 of NARIMA® glass to produce this stunning visual spectacle.

Inspirational illumination all hours of the day

The structure catches the eye thanks to the unique properties of SCHOTT NARIMA®, a dichroic glass that reflects certain colors while allowing others to pass through. This results in a slowly evolving color effect that depends on the light conditions or the application of lighting. The façade is equipped with a photovoltaic system that illuminates the tower at night, channeling natural radiation into colorful glowing shades to delight viewers.

A multipurpose work of art

The TV tower was officially opened on 17 October 2011 by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Among its special features are a revolving restaurant at a height of 145 m, which provides panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. No less than 13 television stations are also housed within the building, along with a visitors’ center and VIP facilities. For the population of Turkmenistan, the TV Tower is the landmark that keeps on giving, as the colors reflected by the SCHOTT NARIMA® façade slowly change throughout the day, before glowing in a myriad of colors at night.

Used materials & similar products

The dichroic laminated safety glass SCHOTT NARIMA® offers beauty and practicality, combining a memorable visual effect with a range of strong technical properties. Dip-coated rather than foil-based, the glass is UV-stable, tough, and resistant to humidity, while the coating is highly scratch resistant, as well as thermally and chemically stable. Available in six different colors – Blue-Gold, Blue-Green, Green, May Green, Orange, and Yellow – NARIMA® can be thermally toughened, heat-strengthened, and customized as a safety glass.

A customized solution for a unique project

Over the three years the TV Tower took to build, SCHOTT worked closely with chief architects Polimeks COE to develop a stunning glass façade in a unique NARIMA® “Blue” color, which complements the many other unique architectural features of this landmark structure.

Glass made by
SCHOTT

Architects
Polimeks COE, Turkey

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