Shortlist

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.

Comments
L commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:06 AM
I think this is the ugliest of them all.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:23 AM
How would you work on the upper conductors with the lower ones still live? This is the problemn with many 'new' designs, being impractical and expensive when maintaining the overhead network.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:57 AM
I like teh idea of a simple clean pole particulalryly reflectign teh colours of its suroundings.
Annis Castellina commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:13 AM
This reminds me of maleness that he is upright and has an ego "I" whereas Nature is about curves and flow like a woman. Nothing in Nature is completely straight and upright and therefore this will stand out in a landscape. Personally, it is not my least
favourite but not my favourite, though I woukld prefer it to the ones that look like they carry something and appear "technological". The whole point is that pylons kust now carry renewable energy, e.g.wind energy - and the wind is organic and the hills are
curved.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:24 AM
Harsh pointy needlelike unimaginative poles... stuff them somewhere else please.
Chris B commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:43 AM
I feel this design has missed its decade and would have been at home in the 70s being a gentle evolution from the original design, however it would look out of place in the 21st century.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:59 AM
worst of the lot, its snobbish, just trying to play at being "fancy modern art"
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 11:01 AM
picture is awful http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3814240/Comp-organisers-pylon-the-pressure-to-find-greener-designs.html
TBay commented on 15-Sep-2011 11:06 AM
I am not aware of the technical challenges when designing these pylons, but is it not an obvious idea to tie in a form of renewable energy capture on these permanent structures? There is not one design incorporating a wind turbine or solar panels. If you
are going to blot the landscape, why not gain something from it too?
Darren J Sage commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:02 PM
Erm, I don't like this design - there's something very needless about the 'wonky crossarms' and the very large insulators are still going to be a prominent feature despite the designers wishes.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:03 PM
Would probably look ok if it was silver
sb commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:30 PM
The best by far.....elegant and I hope it wins........
jodave commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:37 PM
the design is unclear, almost invisible arms, that in reality will not look that way, the design is misleading, and in reality it is very ugly and clunky.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 01:24 PM
Loved the picture - but then read the description and had to be sick.
Tim Webb commented on 15-Sep-2011 01:55 PM
Elegant, functional and the design with the least visual clutter in the landscape.
steve commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:01 PM
I like this one the best but that may be because the image seems to have been fudged somewhat to show off the positives, would like to see a representation of this to in similar style to the other illustrations.
Bill commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:09 PM
My favourite by far
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:35 PM
Stunning design.
Priscilla commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:36 PM
A simple and elegant solution-beautiful.
Mark Wilson commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:41 PM
An elegant solution if you believe the image, but where is the conductor? Particularly in quad formation with all the dampers and other hardware the aesthetic would be ruined. Also, the image only show suspension towers - could such a slender structure
cope with the additional stresses of angle and termination towers?
Olympia P commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:41 PM
Love this one
Grahame Cain commented on 15-Sep-2011 02:49 PM
How does this pylon work? If this is just a post sticking up where does it get the strentgh from to resist the imposed forces? What does its foundations consist of _ a huge single pile?? How is this transported to a remote site and erected?
David M commented on 15-Sep-2011 03:45 PM
how do you access a circuit for maintenance or repair without having to turn both circuits off?
Dave M commented on 15-Sep-2011 03:48 PM
what would a tower for a large angle deviation or circuit terminal look like? A lot bulkier I would expect?
andy commented on 15-Sep-2011 04:47 PM
I cant believe the obvious design has been missed. Why do these structures not incorporate turbines as the grid runs straight past it could feed in and theres hundreds of them ????