1. Conceptual render    2.  Infrastructure grown from byproduct, turning back UK’s Carbon clock    3. Structure spun from CO2   4. Interior of Spun Carbon Fiber Pylons  5. Spun Carbon Fiber Bird Habitat


PYLON is a response to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) issued a challenge to design a replacement for the existing stock of 86,000 rusting, steel high-tension power line pylons across Great Britain.   RIBA placed the setting for this competition in the year 2050 to open up the field to burgeoning technologies.

ORE’s PYLON evolves the traditional pylon design to reflect contemporary concerns and material possibilities.

ORE looked to a developing technology which creates carbon fiber from atmospheric CO2.  ORE saw this as a potential to create resilient structure literally grown from CO2 captured during the production of electricity.

The choice of carbon fiber was not solely based on its superlative qualities as a construction material, but also as a statement about the history, and future, of carbon emissions in the UK. By using carbon fiber, we propose sequestering carbon into a static infrastructure, countering the atmospheric carbon that has been released since the Industrial Revolution, and continues today with large amounts of coal fired power plants. PYLON is both an iconic expression of robust material as well as a practical reaction to the last 150 years of British carbon emissions.

PYLON’s woven structure creates nesting platforms for local British bird populations with endangered habitat. These include kestrel and other raptors, as well as kingfisher and other species.

Client: Royal Institute of British Architects International Competition 2012
Program: High-Tension Power Line Infrastructure for the UK
Area: 86,000 Pylons
Status: Concept