Shortlisted Entry 1

P12 Ian Ritchie Architects - Silhouette

Team: Ian Ritchie Architects, Jane Wernick Associates and Ann Christopher, Sculptor

Producing a dynamic silhouette, the pylon exaggerates its reach to the sky, sometimes appearing as a full black lance and other times as a thin sliver, like a single brushstroke on a canvas. The pylon becomes an animated character in the landscape… part of a series or pattern… while the convex exterior skin reflects its surroundings. The landscape exists within the pylon as the pylon exists within the landscape.

Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 04:51 PM
Would I like to see this design across the countryside? No!
K commented on 15-Sep-2011 04:59 PM
Most attractive and eye pleasing option (with T-Pylon a close second)
Richard commented on 15-Sep-2011 05:44 PM
The entrant has not adhered to the rules of the competition stipulating the use of the photo supplied. Why bother with the rules? Next time please don't waste our time.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 06:08 PM
Impressed by how quickly this design vanishes in the landscape. The one in the foreground shows a shape similar to a tree in winter. Viewed from this side, the hollow centre appears to be a black spike, but I wonder what it would look like from the other
Johnathon commented on 15-Sep-2011 06:29 PM
The design does not work for these fundamental reasons: 1. each arm is not balanced - one side has 3x the moment of the other! 2. the 3 phases might need further separating, making problem 1. even worse - compare with French designs with 3 phases on each
arm, where the 3rd phase is in the centre 3. multiple structural problems!
CD commented on 15-Sep-2011 07:00 PM
A dead tree with about as much stability as one, but without the potential for colonisation by wildlife.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 07:31 PM
Extremely elegant.
Martin W commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:42 PM
Looks the most unobtrusive and elegant, if indeed the finished article is as the picture suggests. Certainly a lot less impact on the landscape than the other designs - would place this first with the FlowerTower getting a good second. It's curves are
very restful.
MARY FRYER-STEVENS commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:07 PM
Totally love it 100%, we live in rural Shropshire and these would disappear into the lapdscape whilst being fabulous to look at when you reaaly try to see them. Nobody with any taste would petition agaonst these spread through a valley.
Cecily C commented on 15-Sep-2011 11:40 PM
It has something but I agree that I don't believe it would look like this in reality. It is too rigid. That is the problem with the existing designs - a rigidity that conflicts with rolling, curving, swaying surroundings. It is that contrast that makes
them so visible and intrusive in the environment. Even the other designs that incorporate a curve appear rigid. At the end of the day, none of these tick my boxes although I have enjoyed looking at all the designs. It's no good. I cannot shift a picture of
optimistic, striding giant egrets with beaks uplifted marching across our landscape from my mind. My imagination has settled on these birds and none of the designs here have outshone that image.
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 12:17 AM
Richard - 15 Sept 05.44pm - it was the photo supplied !!
Bruce The Barbarian commented on 16-Sep-2011 07:57 AM
I think of the available designs this one is easier on the eye - I don't know about the technical side though (I still prefer to have cables underground where possible and I still don't know why we can't do a horizontal borehole - surely we don't need
to dig a trench 65m wide and 10m deep to have the same effect as having a pylon - no matter how aesthetic). Good luck in the competition though
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 08:25 AM
Gets my vote
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 09:17 AM
I didn't like this one: separation between phases must be 8m - judging from the lengths of the insulators (5m), this design does not meet the requirements. Also the conductors will swing towards the tower in the wind and must not infringe electrically
with the structure - the space allowed for this on an existing pylon is greater than has been allowed for on this design. The sizes of the arm members look insufficient - they are being asked to carry the weight of two phases in cantilever and are clearly
more slender then existing pole crossarms. I think the mirrored finish would tarnish after exposure to the environment (you don't expect these to be polished do you). Fundamentally, the unneccessary height of the EW will increase visual impact I know its a
RIBA contest but architectural designs are always so impractical and have no appreciation for the function of their structures. They end up as little more then pretty pictures - if they are built why do they look so different from the concept? You need to
invite people onto your panels who actually design these things for a living.
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 11:34 AM
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 12:23 PM
Lol, is this a serious entry?
sue giles commented on 16-Sep-2011 03:13 PM
This one seems elegant and unobtrusive.
Anonymous commented on 16-Sep-2011 05:08 PM
ooh, shiny shiny. That'll be great when the sun reflects off the pylon, straight into the eyes of a passer-by or a nearby driver.
Anonymous commented on 17-Sep-2011 02:32 AM
I like #1 the best. It is the least obtrusive, but in its way beautiful.
Anonymous commented on 19-Sep-2011 11:58 AM
Great idea using mirrors or reflecting glass at and the design looks like a sword - very British.
GClayton commented on 19-Sep-2011 06:30 PM
Would look better with DC cables .
TonyW commented on 19-Sep-2011 07:12 PM
Bold and simple - could be a winner. Need to know more about details and use of materials. Shiny stuff could get grubby.
Anonymous commented on 20-Sep-2011 07:46 PM
Although this design is very pared down and delicate looking I am worried about what appears to be a reflective coating on the column. It might seem like a good idea to have reflections of sky and fields but not so welcome in an industrial landscape and
the glare when the sun strikes it could be unbearable.
Anonymous commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:10 AM
Visually the best and least obtrusive if it can be achieved whilst fulfilling the engineering requirements.
Anonymous commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:22 AM
I think it's a shame that the extortionate entry fee prevented individuals from entering and perhaps finding a bit of new talent. Shame.