Shortlisted Entry 4

P113 AL_A Pylon

Team: AL_A & Arup

Plexus creates a poetic dialogue between structure and landscape. Its shape responds to changes in topography, striding across the horizon in sequence with a lightness and grace. Although seemingly filigree in nature, these pylons have been designed for resilience, adapting to different site conditions by expansion and contraction of the arced form. The pylons fluctuate in size and profile, visibly mapping the terrain.

Andrew Fuller commented on 14-Sep-2011 02:41 PM
Ah, rather cool; not as visionary as the 'striding giant' - a previous design, from a while back - but certainly improves on other entries, who all have an inkling of current pylon design.
HT commented on 14-Sep-2011 02:58 PM
Like this, beautiful and Elegant to the Environment
Nigel Hooks commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:18 PM
I agree with HT - an elegant concept that woulf fit in any surroundings.
Martin Cantor commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:18 PM
I love this one, and love it more the more I look at it. Sleek, graceful, modern but timeless, much less disruptive of the natural lines of the countryside than the stark functionality of the current pylons and most of the other shortlisted designs
Rick Majkowski commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:27 PM
This design is the one that bears the least resemblance to a traditional pylon. Remarkably it also lends elegance to what at present is a mundane and ugly structure, with shades of a billowing sail. Rather beautiful I think.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:38 PM
My favourite by a long way - would be nice to see it against the same back drop as the other entries though.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:58 PM
I agree with the comments so far, it is aesthetically better than the others. But has any consideration been given to the practicalities of buildability and cost in large quantities, transportation, installation and maintenance?
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:02 PM
Really love this one - almost like a work of art . But would be interested to see against different landscapes/environments.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:05 PM
This one looks only ok. The sail shape will date very quickly as it's very of-its-time.
jf commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:11 PM
Can this possibly meet the functional requirements regarding separation of the conductors on the two circuits?. Can the tower be climbed for maintenance with one circuit live? In short does it meet the specification
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:18 PM
Stunning! What a beautiful design
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:47 PM
Like it lots
Toni Godolphin commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:52 PM
really like this one i think it would look great in our countyside
RJ commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:56 PM
This is the most aesthetically pleasing of all due to its curvaceous design. It sits well if used with the rolling hills landscape. Maybe not so congruous with mountainous/rugged landscapes.
PM commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:59 PM
Absolutely love this design, so much more pleasing on the eye than the current pylons. Something to be appreciated rather than vilified.
Emma commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:01 PM
This design is by far the best due to its elegance, flexibility and sail like appearance. The design is unlike current pylons which Ive seen used as climbing frames by kids.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:15 PM
this looks interesting for the first 30 seconds, and then you realize that that it gets old very quickly...much like a tattoo that you regret in a couple of years.
jared commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:15 PM
wow, this is great. all the others look like pylons I've seen. This one alone looks like a work of art. that might be lost if it was everywhere, but this definitely should be used. I dont really like any of the others.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:26 PM
1 of these, okay... but can you imagine how intrusive and ridiculous 50 of these in a row would be!?
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:55 PM
looks great as a piece of modern art, but it would get rather aggrivating seeing lots of these in a row... along with that, there are issues based on transport and construction here, from the description it appears that these will be a single piece structure...
how are you going to transport that to site in the first place? even transporting one will be tricky bearing in mind how large some of these towers have to be... along with that, how well would they perform under tension tower duties?
Peter Clarke commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:02 PM
Another load of poetic nonsense purporting to describe a bit industrial metalwork. One of these as a piece of sculptural work by a harbour might be acceptable but dozens of them disfiguring the landscape would not be acceptable. It will look a lot less
lovely when its rusty and the oil seed rape has died back. How anybody can say 'this looks great' beggars belief.
nb Epiphany commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:02 PM
Lovely design - but maybe more suitable for those near the coast or even water (eg rivers and canals.
ps commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:23 PM
Would work as a single sculpture, multiplied in the landscape this would be too much. Also a bit too trendy design, this one will look hideous in a couple of years.
gregory brown commented on 14-Sep-2011 08:25 PM
It looks like the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. Surely the best way would be to put cables underground and not only hide the spoiled view but the continuous crackling of the wires too. We are now more landscape concious and critical. I cant believe that
modern processes cannot get rid of these things altogether. I vote for the one that does not get built or spoil a view. Who needs them anyway - by the time everyone has a solar panel on their roof making twice as much electricity locally as they need there
will be no-one to distibute it to, on a national 'wire in the sky' network!
Ed commented on 14-Sep-2011 08:28 PM
I like this. I'd be interested in seeing a little more detail of the widths. The conductors needs to be kept apart from each other by 8m and from the structure by around 5m. With the central support (in a darker colour), this may compromise the ability
to minimise footprint. Like others it would also be very challenging to maintain with no apparent solution for access and what looks like a costly / complex insulator arrangement.