Pylons are normally shaped like pyramids and when you look for a pylon definition in the dictionary one is as follows: “a monumental gateway to an ancient Egyptian temple formed by two truncated pyramidal towers.”
Hence perhaps the standard pyramid shape of a pylon can be seen pretty much all through out the world. However the slightly eccentric Icelanders have been looking at a new innovative design of their pylons to create an icon for the Icelandic power company.
They opened up the brief and a Brookline, MA-based Jin Choi & Thomas Shine of Choi+Shine recently received the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Award for their “Land of Giants” project.
They only made simple, minor changes to the steel framed towers, but managed to create this monumental difference that gives a real character to the landscape strengthening the stories of big Vikings realising the resource potential of the small but powerful island. We here at CuCo think these figures are an incredibly thoughtful design as it fits into the already saga filled culture. We love this design and look forward to booking our flights, as if we can cope with the cold in the UK at the moment surely Iceland should be a doddle as they have hot springs we could just jump in after a cold day!