Halo, a telecommunication tower designed by UK-based Architects of Invention, scooped 3rd place in this year's Tower Antenna Santiago Competition. The nature-inspired proposal evokes the appearance of Chile’s many volcanoes by mimicking the glow that issues from an active eruption. The proposal does well to satisfy the competition's call for structures of iconic character that also facilitate efficient telecommunications technology.
The competition jury made the decision based on several factors, including technical innovation, landmark potential and the new structure’s physical relationship with the existing sculpture of the Virgin located adjacent to the tower’s proposed construction site.
The Halo Project, which draws on the work of early modernists such as Tatlin, Chernikhov and Malevich, boasts a large halo-shaped ring that functions as a viewing platform hovering above the mountain peak near Santiago. The concept was inspired by volcanoes, and reinterprets the night appearance and glow of an eruption through the use of innovative and efficient lighting.
Instead of distributing the functions vertically, the architects decided to emphasize the tower’s horizontality. The large ring-shaped platform that is 80-meter in diameter and overlooks the mountain, is richly illuminated at night, creating a halo around it.