Bystrup Architecture Design Engineering

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Bystrup Arkitekter (BYSTRUP) is a Danish architecture and design firm established in 1994. Headed by Erik Bystrup,[1] the firm's designs focus on aesthetics, functionality, economy, and ecology. The office is located at Vermundsgade 40 A in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The company employs between 11–50 planners, architects, and designers. The workforce consists of junior and senior architects and business professionals.



The company mainly focuses on developing buildings, bridges, and power pylons.

Among others, BYSTRUP has created the energy efficient Pandora HQ, located in the heart of Copenhagen. The company is also the creator of Neue Messe München, the Munich Trade Fair, and Norges Varemesse, the Norwegian Trade Fair.

In 2015, Bystrup and partners won the design for a pedestrian bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in London, with spiral ramps preserving parks at both ends.[2] Bystrup has furthermore designed the Langelinje Bridge in central Copenhagen, as well as several motorway bridges and projects abroad.

Starting in 2001, the company has been developing new design power pylons. These have been installed and energized in Denmark and abroad (see below).

Tubular power pylons and awards[edit]

The Design Pylon

The BYSTRUP Design Pylon was awarded 1st prize in an international competition organised by the Danish TSO in 2001. At present, about 80 of these pylons have been erected in Denmark and are energized since 2004.

The Eagle Pylon

After winning another competition in Denmark, 500 pylons are installed an energized on a main 400kV line in Denmark with a design called "Eagle". Operational in late 2014 and carrying 2x1,800 MW.[3][4][5]


In 2011, following a design competition managed by RIBA Competitions the Royal Institute of British Architects awarded a ₤5,000 reward to Bystrup for a new design of electrical towers called the T-Pylon, designed by Bystrup architect Rasmus Jessing. The design, which energy secretary Chris Huhne called "an innovative design which is simple, classical and practical", is set to replace the 88,000 pylons that have been in use in the United Kingdom since the 1920s. This design, which lowers the size from 50 meters and 30 tons to 32 meters and 20 tons, is lauded for its appearance and energy conservation ability. The Pylon's conductors are in a unique triangular configuration which should theoretically minimize the extent of circuits and magnetic fields. The project will play a role in the United Kingdom's plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 because energy production and use will rely heavily on electricity.[6]

The company has received the "Good Practice of the Year" awarded in 2014 by RGI in the categori 'Technology and Design' for gaining public acceptance with the Eagle Pylon line.

With the T-Pylon, the company won the EI Awards in 2015.


  1. ^ Blackman, Sarah (28 June 2012). "Wasted wind energy: solving the problem of bad grid connections". Kable Intelligence Limited. Retrieved 20 February 2015.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Oliver Wainwright. "Public fury as new bridge across the Thames announced at Nine Elms". the Guardian.
  3. ^ "Aesthetic Tower Design Helps Danish Grid Operator Obtain Approvals for Important New 400 kV Line" 26 January 2015
  4. ^ "Eagle Pylon".
  5. ^ "500 nye højspændingsmaster sender strøm gennem Jylland".
  6. ^ "Pylon design competition winner revealed". BBC. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

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