Pylons of the future

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Pylons of the future

With the architect Hugh Dutton’s design, the Rosental Studio won the first prize in the international competition “Pylons of the future” sponsored by Terna for the conception and design of new supports, with a low visual impact, for Italy’s transmission grid. The Frigerio group came in second, and the Giugiaro studio third. T
The jury of the competition, which was chaired by Chief Executive Officer Flavio Cattaneo, considered that Hugh Dutton’s design best corresponded to the requisites requested:

  • technical and functional suitability: The pylon proposed was judged to be suitable to perform its function while complying with the technical specifications and the regulations in force;
  • flexibility of use: understood as the possibility of utilising the support in different places and situations, considering the frequent necessity of using routes that are not rectilinear and the transformation of the environment to meet human needs;
  • minimal environmental impact: such as the reduced visibility of the pylon with respect to current standards;
  • production technology: the technological process of producing the pylon, the choice of materials, installation, and the stretching of the conductors must be logical from the point of view of industrial feasibility;
  • operation and maintenance: the support must ensure that maintenance work, both conventional and live-wire, is easy to carry out.

The idea behind the international competition “Pylons of the future” was to combine innovation, technology, design, and culture with the sustainable development of the National Transmission Grid.