Gustafson Porter’s Flower Tower Shortlisted for the Nation Grid Pylon Design Competition

Gustafson Porter’s pylon design Flower Tower has been selected for the National Grid pylon design competition shortlist.

Press Release: 14 September 2011

Gustafson Porter reveals shortlisted design for the national Pylon Design Competition Leading landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter has been shortlisted, together with five other finalists, to redesign the British electricity pylon following the launch of a competition by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and National Grid in May this year.

All shortlisted designs are now on show in the ‘A Pylon for the Future’ exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is part of the London Design Festival until 5 October 2011. Gustafson Porter’s pylon design, ‘Flower Tower’, which has been shortlisted from over 250 entries, is inspired by nature, with its form heavily influenced by organic shapes, such as birds in flight and the gently curving forms of flowers and plant life.

Mary Bowman, Director at Gustafson Porter said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be part of the next stage of this competition. Our design evolved from understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the existing lattice work pylon, using this knowledge to create a new design that fits sensitively within the UK countryside. ‘Flower Tower’ moves away from the industrial image of the pylon to form an organic, evocative silhouette that matches elegance with
practicality.”

The ‘Flower Tower’ is made of six identical blades that form a single stem, which works to minimise the structure’s footprint on the landscape. The tower is constructed from a modular kit of parts that can be easily transported and assembled to create an elegant, flowing shape. This concept of modularity and simplicity of form also means the design can adapt to different power distribution requirements across varying landscapes in the UK.

Each of the six leaves that carry the high tension cables is identical in its straight section, curved radius and tapered end piece. A blade at the top of the flower holds the earth wire.

Gustafson Porter is collaborating with structural engineers Atelier One on the project.

Web: www.gustafson-porter.com

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