american firm choi + shine architects recently received the 2010 boston society of architects
award for unbuilt architecture for their project 'the land of giants', which they originally
designed for the icelandic high voltage electrical pylon competition back in 2008.
making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed pylon design, the architects
created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. these iconic pylon-figures
will become monuments in the landscape.
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.- designboom.com