Shortlist

Shortlisted Entry 6

P205 Newtown Studio

Team: Architect: New Town Studio Engineer: Structure Workshop

The existing lattice pylon is our inspiration.  The deference to landscape and sky – look through me, not at me. The lightness, efficiency and ingenuity.  Could the lattice become more open, more transparent as it rose?  Could the form be simpler, more modest, a post rather than the ‘bestriding’ giant of Betjeman’s ‘Inexpensive Progress’? Could the pylon be calm seen alone in a field, a whirr sped past on a train?

Comments
Charles Bryant commented on 19-Sep-2011 10:10 AM
The existing pylon design has thin members in lattice form which can be seen through so the background is more visible than the structure which with a galvanised or grey paint finish is almost invisible. I know as they cross the valley I see from my house.
Whereas the wind farm comprising white solid posts stand out even though they are much further away on the moors.The proposed designs are too white and too solid. This one might be less obvious for the reason I have given if it is of slender members and not
painted white.
Anonymous commented on 19-Sep-2011 11:50 AM
Ugly and not much different to what we have already - a safety concern too - people will still be able to climb the pylon.
Anonymous commented on 19-Sep-2011 12:01 PM
A Pylon Design competition should be used to radically change something most people hate but need to live with - this is the same as what we have already just a tube structure - there is no point using this design - it's too similar to what we have already
and looks dated.
Charles commented on 19-Sep-2011 07:00 PM
I recommend choosing one of the following, highest to lowest priority 5, 3 and 4.
TonyW commented on 19-Sep-2011 07:23 PM
Another slow burner; also a commendably original and novel approach. Like the way that the mesh structure thins-out as you move up the tower. Cost, detailing, and practical aspects like climability require testing. Still: good potential.
Dino commented on 19-Sep-2011 10:32 PM
Do some of you folks realize that design is not all about looks? Do not forget that the major deciding factor will be cost, ease of transportation and erection, manufacturing process and minimization of labour. When you manage to combine all the above
with something that is also aesthetically pleasant then you are closer to reality, which is what this design is all about. My first choice by far, a slight taper along the height would be even more beneficial (note to the designer, I know someone that can
help you with the taper) As far as climbing concerns, forget about the fence and barbwire, just add a thin fiberglass membrane along the bottom 6 feet or so.
David commented on 20-Sep-2011 12:41 PM
By far the very best design, unobtrusive and still functional, lets face it pylons are not pretty at the best of times so lets not get caught up by architects trying to win prizes for ‘modern looking’ or ‘contemporary’ features, lets go for the one that
least looks like a pylon! David
Annieliz commented on 21-Sep-2011 08:25 AM
I like the idea of the transparency; but am concerned regarding the apparent easy access for vandals
Anonymous commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:33 AM
How would unauthorised climbing of the lattice work be prevented?
Anonymous commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:39 AM
I like the 'invisibility' of this one - but it does seem as though it would be easy to climb and easy for debris to cling to (in a couple of months the base at least would be full of plastic bags).
Richard Jackson commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:48 AM
I agree with Rory, the Icelandic designs are brilliant, http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-08/16/human-pylons. Much more interesting than any of these.
M Davies commented on 21-Sep-2011 12:07 PM
looks way too easy for children etc to climb - not a good choice
Chris Snow - newtownstudio commented on 21-Sep-2011 12:38 PM
Dino - I had the same thought as you on the climbing. Cladding the first 10ft or so in something translucent and having a door to enter the tube (which is then easy to climb once 'inside') would actually make it more secure and easy to maintain than the
existing maintain. Thank you, Chris
William.Prosser commented on 21-Sep-2011 09:01 PM
I can't see any improvement in the 6 designs in system operational efficiency or safety for the field staff? I also don't see any improvement in maintenance or the ability to de-man the workforce. I thought these would be basic requirements, when building
a new system to last for the next 80 years. I'm I missing something?
b commented on 22-Sep-2011 01:14 PM
THIS IS THE BEST DESIGN AS FAR AS KEEPING THE COUNRTYSIDE CLEAR OF UNSIGHTLY OBJECTS. MAYBE IT NEEDS A FEW TWEEKS FOR SAFETY (IE THE CLIMBING ISSUE), BUT WE ALL NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTYSIDE NATURAL AND BEAUTIFUL RATHER THAN RUINING IT WITH UNSIGHTLY OBJECTS
SUCH AS THE CURRENTY DESIGN OR LIKE SOME OF THE OTHERS IN THIS SHORTLIST. MAYBE MAKE THE PILONS LOOK LIKE TREES LIKE SOME PHONE MASTS. (EXPENSIVE BUT IM SURE WE CAN GET A LESS EXPENSIVE SOLUTION)
Dave S commented on 23-Sep-2011 02:11 PM
The most intrusive design by far. Look at lattice phone masts for confirmation
Anonymous commented on 23-Sep-2011 02:41 PM
When I first looked at this design I didn't particularly like it but it has grown on me. It is certainly not the most beautiful of the options but it does seem to be the least obtrusive.
Steve commented on 23-Sep-2011 07:56 PM
This looks like a nightmare if you get an ice storm with wind. The significant cross sectional area combined with amount of surface area to collect ice would result in several spans coming down. And you would actually prefer the first few meters to be
difficult to climb so that unauthorized persons don't get injured.
JDM commented on 24-Sep-2011 11:59 AM
Too "heavy" or "dense". Not cheap to make or maintain?
RC commented on 24-Sep-2011 05:36 PM
Practical and beautiful design, bay far my favourite.
Hanna commented on 26-Sep-2011 09:24 AM
I like the translucent look of these Pylons, none intrusive and allows you to look through at the beautiful countryside rather than at the Pylons and I think that this is a real plus point with local communities. I think this design would have to be adjusted
in reality to stop climbers, but in my eyes, this is a strong contender together with #4.
Sanna commented on 26-Sep-2011 12:11 PM
I love how this one blends into the landscape and it is elegant and simple. It looks entirely different to the current pylons, unlike some of the other entries, plus the design would make repairs easier. This is my fave!
Avril commented on 26-Sep-2011 10:33 PM
I love The Totem for its beauty and ethereal quality.....blending into the landscape, even enhancing it!
Julie commented on 27-Sep-2011 03:45 PM
There are far too many young people out there who would consider this a challenge to climb and after the first death we would be asking why this design was used. Shame because it was my first choice for pleasing looks.