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The first Estonian designer highvoltage pylon Soorebane (Bog Fox), Estonia’s first designer highvoltage pylon, was ordered by Elering and completed in July 2020 near Risti small town in Lääne County.

Soorebane, built near the region of the intersection of Ääsmäe-Haapsalu and Risti-Virtsu highways, is 45 metres high and weighs 38.5 tons. The designer pylon has been made of COR-TEN steel, which gives the pylon its characteristic rusty hue. The diameter of the trunk of the pylon is 1.66 metres at the thickest part and the maximum thickness of the wall is 22 millimetres.

Elering organised the first design contest of this type in Estonia in 2016 in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Architects in order to find the artistic solution for the designer pylon. The panel of the international contest chose the work “Soorebane”, with its authors being architects Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam from Part OÜ, as the winner from a total of 18 solutions submitted by 15 participants.

The details of the pylon were manufactured 2,000 kilometres away in Romania and transported on three lorries and in 11 parts to Estonia in the beginning of July 2020. The workers of the original manufacturing plant welded the main details of the pylon in a rest area on the Risti-Virtsu highway a few kilometres from the final location of the pylon.

Soorebane carries the power lines on the HarkuLihula-Sindi 330/110 kilovolt high-voltage line. The design contest organised to find the design solution for the designer pylon was awarded the title of the best procurement in 2016 in the Estonian Design Awards 2016 competition. Soorebane received two awards in the competition for the construction project of the year organised by the Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies in 2020. The pylon was awarded the first prize in the contest “Digital Innovation Project of the Year” as well as “Construction Project of the Year” in the category of civil engineering works. The designer pylon received its most prestigious award in the Annual Awards of the Estonian Association of Architects 2020 where it was chosen as the winner of the annual award in the category “Small”.

Bog Fox

Bog Fox

Photos: Tõnu Tunnel

Read more:

21.06.2016

Bog Fox concept wins design pylon competition for third Estonia-Latvia electricity interconnection

21.03.2016

Elering launches design competition for high-voltage power line design pylon in cooperation with Estonian Architects Association

 

Construction of designer pylon Bog Fox:

 

"Bog Fox"

The winner of the competition

Soorebane talvel


"Võrk"

The 2nd place

Võrk


"Electrify"

The 3rd place

Electrify


"Elektrihiis"

Incentive award

Elektrihiis


"Nõel"

Incentive award

Nõel


"Kurluu"

Highlighted by the jury

Disainmast Kurluu


The rest of the ideas in alphabetical order:

 

"Aine ja väli"

Disainmast Aine ja väli


"Etnos"

Disainmast Etnos


"Filament"

Disainmast Filament


"Hõõgniidistik"

Disainmast Hõõgniidistik


"Kolmikud"

Disainmast Kolmikud


"Luumen vs Watt"

Disainmast Luumen vs Watt


"Pirni juurest paremale"

Disainmast Pirni juurest paremale


"Siluett"

Disainmast Siluett


"Taeva peegel"

Disainmast Taeva peegel


"Triptykon"

Disainmast Triptykon


"Vaba kui lind"

Disainmast Vaba kui lind


"Värav"

Disainmast Värav

"Bog Fox"

The winner of the competition

Soorebane talvel


"Võrk"

The 2nd place

Võrk


"Electrify"

The 3rd place

Electrify


"Elektrihiis"

Incentive award

Elektrihiis


"Nõel"

Incentive award

Nõel


"Kurluu"

Highlighted by the jury

Disainmast Kurluu


The rest of the ideas in alphabetical order:

 

"Aine ja väli"

Disainmast Aine ja väli


"Etnos"

Disainmast Etnos


"Filament"

Disainmast Filament


"Hõõgniidistik"

Disainmast Hõõgniidistik


"Kolmikud"

Disainmast Kolmikud


"Luumen vs Watt"

Disainmast Luumen vs Watt


"Pirni juurest paremale"

Disainmast Pirni juurest paremale


"Siluett"

Disainmast Siluett


"Taeva peegel"

Disainmast Taeva peegel


"Triptykon"

Disainmast Triptykon


"Vaba kui lind"

Disainmast Vaba kui lind


"Värav"

Disainmast Värav

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