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?

Benjamin commented on 28-Sep-2011 06:50 PM
This design is a runaway favourite for me. The design is non-intrusive and balances seamlessly with the surrounding environment. It is an elegant solution with function at its heart. With regards to the comments about it being easy to climb, that is a
poor argument. This would be no easier to climb than the existing pylons. Additionally the architect has already posted a comment to counter this point by stating that climbing is prevented by a mesh floor, 3m up.
Steven Timms commented on 29-Sep-2011 09:43 AM
Yes. Original and inventive, yet still like the old pylon. Discreet and see-through. The most simple shape, and good in a row. I think it needs a lot of development - the structure could become very expensive unless it is simplified but of the 6 this is
the best in my opinion. BTW it looks no easier to climb than the existing pylon - and they manage to stop people. Where there is a will... and this applies to all tall structures, and all designs, frankly.
Melanie commented on 29-Sep-2011 12:19 PM
I like this one the best, but I agree that it looks very easy to climb should anyone be tempted to do so.
Geoff Peters commented on 30-Sep-2011 08:36 AM
There is a wind power generating blade with a tubular sweep,could this be dropped into this design to "kill two birds with one stone".
samantha commented on 30-Sep-2011 07:25 PM
I am very frustrated with the number of comments about being worried that people can climb the pylon easily. If you look further up, the architect has said how this issue would not be a cause for concern. I think it is a beautiful structure and would be
interesting to look at as you walk past or go past on a road/motorway. You can tell it has been a well thought out design which appeals to me. I really hope l will see these pylons be erected in the the future
Geoff Hilton commented on 30-Sep-2011 09:18 PM
Interesting to add variety to semi-urban landscape but too dramatic for the country. All these pylons except 5. would enliven a motorway journey and lead to a hobby of photographing and 'collecting' pylons: good for public relations.
Anonymous commented on 01-Oct-2011 04:17 PM
Awesome, a pleasing design, that will stride across the countryside carrying our power for the future.