The Practice


proyectos / R+D+i / PYLON


The design of a high voltage pylon requires working with:

  • The changing landscape where it is situated;
  • The color variations of the different seasons;
  • The notion of repetition of a family of elements;
  • The idea of information and energy flow and how to communicate these.

The design of a high voltage pylon means working with movement. Therefore, a changing structure is proposed, which is modified depending on the point of view of the observer, if you are near or far away, if you are moving or standing still. A structure that changes over time.

The design is based in six design principles:

  • Visibility
  • Flexibility
  • Design efficiency
  • Structural efficiency
  • Maintenance and durability
  • Respect for the environment

Designing a high-voltage pylon means working with movement


Place/Date: United Kingdom, 2011
Client: RIBA / British National Grid
Budget: Confidential
Area: Not available
Architects: luis vidal + architects
Contributors: Calter Ingeniería, Aguilera Ingenieros
Project Status: Tender
Team: Andoni Arrizabalaga - Nick Axel - Guillermo Mascort - Carlos Peña - Naira Pérez Alonso - Óscar Torrejón - Luis Vidal