As well as exploring the design of the pylon itself, the competition aims to explore the relationship between energy infrastructure and the environment within which it needs to be located.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, one of the competition judges, said: “Britain will see the equivalent of twenty new power stations constructed by 2020, and we need to transport this new, low carbon energy to our televisions and toasters, dishwashers and DVD players.
“We must make sure that we take into account the visual impact on the landscape and also the view of the public, and this is what the pylon design competition is all about. I think that people will be impressed by the quality of these designs and I hope everyone takes the time to get involved and give their view.”
Models of the shortlisted designs are also available to view at the V&A Museum until 5 October.
Silhouette: Ian Ritchie Architects, Jane Wernick Associates and Ann Christopher, Sculptor
The T-Pylon: Bystrup – Architecture, Design & Engineering
Flower Tower: Gustafson Porter with Atelier One and Pfisterer
A Pylon: AL_A & Arup
The Y Pylon: Knight Architects / Roughan & O’Donovan / ESB International in association with MEGA
Lattice: New Town Studio Engineer: Structure Workshop