Thursday, May 7, 2009

'phyte' tower

'phyte' tower, the winning entry in a competition sponsored by the Foundation Societe Tour Eiffel, is a 380 meter tall mobile-communications tower that bends and flexes with the wind. Designed by Nicolas Mouret, the structure is a combination of structural members and cables operating both in tension and compression, allowing it to move freely with the elements.
Acting as a dynamic counterpart to the static iconography of the Eiffel Tower, Phyte Tower re-interprets the spirit of technology and progressive design that made the former possible. As it's structure bends and sways, internal mechanisms generate sufficient energy to power it's lighting.

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