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Silhouette by Ian Ritchie Architects

This design doesn’t look like much, but that’s the point. The slender pole can appear as a tall black lance or as a thin sliver from a different angle. With a convex exterior skin that reflects its surroundings, the pylon will simply blend into the landscape.

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The T-Pylon by Bystrup

The T-Pylon is a no-nonsense design with the aim of being slender, compact and efficient. The triangular configuration of the conductors should minimize the extent of the circuits and the magnetic fields and the tower can come in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

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Flower Tower by Gustafson Porter

Flower Tower is inspired by nature and from the front appears as a bouquet of flowers or a tree with leaves. A group of ‘stems’ are bunched together creating a structural stiffness at the base and the power lines hang from the stems.

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Pylon by AL_A and Arup

Responding to changes in topography, this graceful pylon marches across the landscape and leaves a strong impression of its form and shape. More than just a dynamic design though, AL_A’s pylon is designed for resilience and can adapt to changing conditions through expansion or contraction of its form.

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Y Pylon by Knight Architects and Roughan & O’Donovan

The Y-shaped pylon has a clean aesthetic and easily recognizable form, as well as modern insulating materials to take this design into the future. The use of twin silicon rubber sheathed FRP arms allows significant reductions in overall tower height and in visual ‘clutter’.

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Cylindrical Pylon by Newtown Studio

The only cylindrical design on the shortlist recalls the lattice tower design, but in a more compact shape. Transparency is the key to this design with the ultimate goal of seeming almost invisible to someone speeding by in a car or train.

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What’s your favorite design? Be sure to comment on the competition’s website to cast your vote and help sway the judge’s opinions.

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