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Sculptural Infrastructure Designs

Virkkunen & Co Turns a Functional Structure into a Unique Design

— October 18, 2021 — Art & Design
Virkkunen & Co, a Finnish architecture studio, has designed electrical infrastructure with a sculptural and timeless aesthetic. Located in Imatra, Finland, this unique design has been shortlisted in the Business category of this year's Dezeen Awards.

The sculptural design consists of five pylons made of white steel and a perforated brick substation, all supporting a series of electrical wires. Despite having practical and functional use, the architects wanted to create an infrastructure design that complemented the surrounding natural landscape. The support structures all have a unique diamond and triangular shape and sit low to the ground in order to not disrupt the natural landscape. Moreover, the white coloration makes the structure swiftly blend into the wintery landscape and equally well in the summertime.

The studio explains, "the material choices, forms, and colors of the new structures are abstract and timeless...[for] the new facilities to stand out but to not overpower the views of the area."

Image Credit: Tuomas Kivinen, Max Plunger
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