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Critics' reactions to Pylon Design Competition winner

Dezeen Wire:
here is a roundup of reports following the announcement that Danish company Bystrup have won the UK Pylon Design Competition, organised by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

In The Guardian, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey described the winning entry as "a spare and quietly elegant Danish design" but came across a dissenting voice in Flash Wilson Bristow, founder of Britain's Pylon Appreciation Society who says "The winning design is OK, but it's a pole and not a pylon."

The BBC spoke to architect Rasmus Jessing from Bystrup who said that the simple form was a reaction to the existing 1920s model, known in Denmark as the "grumpy old men" design.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne is quoted in The Independent, adding: "We are going to need a lot more pylons over the next few years to connect new energy to our homes and businesses, and it is important that we do this is in the most beautiful way possible."

You can see the full shortlist for the competition on Dezeen.


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