Land of Giants

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Location: Type: Infrastructure / Built:
Published on September 12, 2010

Design: Choi+Shine
Winning entry of Unbuilt Architecture 2010 (Boston Society of Architects)

Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, Choi+Shine has created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. 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.
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. Over long spans, the pylon-figure stretches to gain increased height, crouches for increased strength or strains under the weight of the wires.

‘In addition, the pylon-figures can also be arranged to create a sense of place through deliberate expression. Subtle alterations in the hands and head combined with repositioning of the main body parts in the x, y and z-axis, allow for a rich variety of expressions. The pylon-figures can be placed in pairs, walking in the same direction or opposite directions, glancing at each other as they pass by or kneeling respectively, head bowed at a town. Despite the large number of possible forms, each pylon-figure is made from the same major assembled parts (torso, fore arm, upper leg, hand etc.) and uses a library of pre-assembled joints between these parts to create the pylon-figures’ appearance. This design allows for many variations in form and height while the pylon-figures’ cost is kept low through identical production, simple assembly and construction.

The pylon-figures are designed to provide supports for the conductors, ground wires and other cables all within required clearances. These clearances are maintained in the various shown positions. The towers are largely self-supporting, sitting on concrete footings, perhaps with the addition of guy wires, depending on requirements of the loading wires.’

‘Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these one hundred and fifty foot tall, modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yetserving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow.’


4 thoughts on "Land of Giants by Choi+Shine"

  1. Baobab says:

    Es lo más bonito que he visto en mucho tiempo.

  2. Eduardo says:

    Muito bom !
    Sensacional mesmo! Parabéns ao autor.


  3. Alfonso Irnan says:

    I don’t find this suitable for any purpose (mainly because of its cost, and some structural concerns), altho’ it’s true that in some residential and high value landscape areas it could make the difference and turn an aggressive element into a piece of art. Its lightweight and creative design is very interesting. My support on ideas like this one.

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