Massachusetts-based Jin Choi and Thomas Shine received the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for their “Land of Giants” project. The pylon-figures can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person.
“Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn, and variable,” says Choi+Shine. “These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.”
Across a vast expanse of country land, lofty electrical towers always seem somewhat out of place. They clash with the natural aesthetic of the environment, yet they are needed in this high-functioning world we live in. Moscow-based design studio Design Depot has realized a design concept that has the potential to remedy this visual dilemma—deer-shaped transmission towers. The towering animal structures remind us of Jin Choi and Thomas Shine’s Land of Giant, but unlike the human-shaped electricity pylons, the animal towers appear more natural. They don’t seem to visually disrupt their surroundings. In fact, I think that they add more character.