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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Pirate Radio Tower Made From a Recycled Shipping Container by VCA

July 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: VCA

Renowned for elaborate designs utilising shipping containers, US artist and architect Adam Kalkin has created the „pop-up pirate radio tower‟ as a feature in the upcoming Mis-Design exhibition for The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University and State of Design Festival.

Radio tower high resolution (Image Courtesy Katrina Raymond)

Radio Tower (Image Courtesy Katrina Raymond)

The tower, an upended shipping container, stands over 12 metres high and will be fitted with an internal staircase and a fully functioning radio studio. The project is funded and presented by the Victorian College of the Arts, in collaboration with The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swinburne University and RMIT University.

Radio tower high resolution (Image Courtesy Katrina Raymond)

Prof Su Baker, Director of the VCA, says “it‟s a joy to be hosting such an irreverent architectural creation and we also hope it can enhance the conversation around the development of the Southbank Arts Precinct to become one of the great focal points of cultural capital in Victoria.”


Join us at the launch on Friday 22 July, 7pm – 9pm, visit the VCA courtyard and see the tower in action, stream the broadcast live at or tune-in to 96.9 MHz within 1km of the site on your radio.


Students from both the VCA and RMIT will work in collaboration with community groups to produce programs scheduled to air online and broadcast throughout the CBD via 96.9FM featuring commentary on the arts including design, music, dance and journalism. The daily radio programs will broadcast from 20 July until 24 September 2011commencing at 10am and surprise evening broadcasts occurring throughout.


The Pop Up Pirate Radio Tower is also an integral component of the Adam Kalkin Tennis Academy (AKTA), featuring in the upcoming Mis-Design exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. The tower draws its inspiration from the mysterious late night radio station of Infinite Jest transmitting “spiritual tennis propaganda” throughout the AKTA.

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