Superstring Pylon is a design by Yong-Ho Shin/ shindesignworks, South Korea.
The design won the second prize at the “Landsnet High-Voltage Transmission Line Tower Design Competition” in Iceland in 2008.
‘Superstring’ is a new type of structure for the high-voltage electric transmission. Considering the extreme conditions of the Icelandic winter, this 27m high parabolic structure (hyperbolic paraboloid) could be prefabricated into pieces for easy transportation and construction. As compared with conventional tower designs this new design takes less space for the footing (only 2 points) and also needs fewer components to construct. It could significantly reduce construction time and efforts. Once the foundation concrete piles are in place, then U shaped prefabricated hinged tube structure would be fixed on top of the foundation. 600mm diameter steel tube would be used for the entire structure with partial reinforcement at the ground with extended fin welded on steel tube. Upper parts of the loop are then inserted to the base structure and when the loop is completed it becomes stable by itself.
Entire structure is balanced by 4 stay wires extended (visually) from the ‘boom in space’ to the ground. This ‘boom in space’ is hanging in the middle of upper part of the loop structure relaying the power lines from both directions. ‘Superstring’s aerodynamic form will not only reduce the wind load, it also allows flex itself to cope with the extreme weather conditions.
Above all, the true beauty of this scheme lies in its formal quality. Elegant parabolic loop structures in the landscape would appears as if musical notes are hung on the staffs. Their shape will change continuously by the angle of the viewers. This will be a case that the most mundane utility infrastructures can transformed into a ‘Land Art’ and to become a part of the nature. This certainly adds another spectacle over already breathtaking Icelandic landscape.
More information on: http://www.shindesignworks.com/