Human Shaped Electricity Pylons of Iceland

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Iceland is known as a land of giants with its breath-taking nature and gigantic fjords. But we also need man-made resources like electricity. Sadly, electricity pylons are very poor looking things that disturb the natural view. Iceland was one of the countries who wanted to get rid of this disruption of nature and the American firm Choi + Shine Architects were there for the rescue. They designed these electrical towers that look like human figures and named the project Land of Giants. This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape.

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Each pylon would be assembled from modular parts, which could be adapted into various positions to give the impression that the statues are walking, climbing or crouching.

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The project is still being talked about and won many awards after it was finished in 2008. One of the architects of the design firm, Thomas Shine, says that they designed these towers parallel to the idea that if we are to place things we need in the middle of the nature, we best make them worth seeing.

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The pylons are made of recyclable materials painted in white (steel, glass and concrete to be exact). And they cost less than the traditional electrical pylons.

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I also wrote about this on website nolm.us  in Turkish. A link to the article: Gel de Kuzeyi Sevme


 

Here’s an extra video with unbelievable 4K definition showing the natural wonders of Iceland. It’s a film made by two producers studying at Stuttgard Media University. The film’s name Eylanda is a reference  to the most famous poem of the poet Stephan G. Stephansson. 

P.s: It is not very data-friendly…

References: http://nordiksimit.org
http://www.dezeen.com/…

 

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

13 August 2010 | 73 comments

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

American firm Choi + Shine Architects designed these conceptual electricity pylons shaped like human figures to march across the Icelandic landscape.Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

Top: background image supplied by the Association of Icelandic Architects.
Above: background image © Thomas Ormston used under the cc license

Each pylon would be assembled from modular parts, which could be adapted into various positions to given the impression the the statues are walking, climbing or crouching.

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The 30-metre tall statues would be supported on concrete footings and are an alteration of the steel frame used by existing pylons.

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

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Called Land of Giants, the project was originally submitted for a 2008 competition held by Icelandic transmission company Landsnet and the Association of Icelandic Architects. See our earlier story on the competition.

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

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The design was one of four winners at the recent 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Awards.

Land of Giants by Choi + Shine Architects

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All images are copyright Choi+Shine Architects unless other wise stated.

Here’s some more from the designers:


LAND OF GIANTS

This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape.

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