Estonian national energy company Elering AS has announced an international contest for a landmark electricity pylon near Risti
Organised by the Association of Estonian Architects (AEA), the competition seeks ‘attractive’ proposals for an iconic structure which boosts public awareness of the energy network.
The single showpiece pylon is part of Estonia’s high-profile new Harku-Lihula-Sindi 330/110 kilovolt high-voltage line connecting the country to neighbouring Latvia.
Planned to complete in 2020 – the line replaces an outdated predecessor, strengthens the emerging energy market between Central Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and promotes energy independence from Russia.
Elering chair Taavi Veskimägi said: ‘The pylon design must help the technical electricity line fit into the natural environment, but must also raise awareness amongst Estonian people of the role of the electricity transmission system in modern society
AEA vice president Kalle Komissarov commented: ‘High-voltage lines, cellular towers, highway bridges and drainage ditches are the newest layers in our cultural landscape.
‘And as our awareness of our environment increases, so too do our demands on it. It is therefore entirely reasonable that in the case of major infrastructure investments, their spatial and visual impact is considered.’
The landmark structure will occupy a prominent rural site close to the intersection of the busy Ääsmäe-Haapsalu and Risti-Virtsu highways near Risti.
It will be constructed around 700 metres from a protected marshy area which is doted with lakes and recognised as an important wetlands habitat for native European birds. The marshy area is popular with ice skaters in the winter and features several geocaching adventure routes.
Pylon proposals must be high-quality, modern, relate to the spatial qualities of the surrounding environment and should not necessarily be made from steel – according to the brief.
Judges in the Estonian-language contest include local architects Urmas Muru and Toomas Tammis and Kalle Kilk and Ain Köster of Elering AS.
Participating teams must feature at least one designer who has completed a high-voltage power line project of 110 kV or more in the past 3 years.
The winning team will receive a €4,000 first prize and see its design included in the construction tender for the new line which is due to be published later this year.
A €3,000 second place prize, €2,000 third place prize and two honourable mentions worth €1,000 each will also be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 4pm local time on 30 May
How to apply
Tel: +372 715 1368