The Tomahawk is one of three finalist proposals in the design competition “Aesthetic overhead line structures” by the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA). The point of the competition was to develop three prototypes, which might be used in the future.
The Tomahawk family is first and foremost simple and straightforward. It is designed to minimize the visual impact on the landscape as well as to keep down costs. This is achieved by reducing the height and number of structural elements, and by using contemporary materials. A flexible system of components aims to speed up installation, with fewer adaptions needed in the field. The strategy is to make as much of the manufacturing as possible in the workshop, where corrosion protection and general quality assurance is easier to control.
In 2016 our company went to the UK to see the new Tomahawk prototype.
The project is designed in collaboration between COBE Architects and Krabbenhøft & Ingolfsson.
Engineering development including code-based load determination, structural design, 3D modelling, technical specifications and creation of a prototype structure with mechanical testing.
A prototype was completed 2016.
Read more about the competition here.
By arranging the wires in two levels the overall impression is improved as the cables form a simpler shape through its surroundings.
Simplicity of shape and fewer parts reduces the visual impact compared to a traditional pylon.
Images courtesy of COBE Architects.