We’re So Electric: Humanistic High-Voltage Pylons

  • High-voltage electrical pylons. While electrifying, they are not exactly the most exciting and inspiring pieces of architectural design on the urban or rural landscapes. That is, until Landsnet, one of Iceland’s energy suppliers, commissioned an international design competition to yield some new designs.

    The most striking submission came from the folks at Choi + Shine. Dubbed “The Land of Giants”, the proposal would create pylons shaped like human bodies made up of recyclable, prefabricated sections. The renditions of the project, which look wonderfully similar to a certain Kraftwerk album cover, show a creative integration of humanity into expansive and sparse Icelandic landscape.

    Image courtesy: © 2008-2011 Choi + Shine Architects