Making Power Stations Part of the Landscape

Margherita Olivo
March 24th 2016

Green energy is great, and so should be the design of its facilities. Most of the current power stations are notorious for their ugly functionality. However, new clean energy infrastructures projects are not only designed to solve the energetic crisis, but also to look beautiful and appealing.

These facilities are becoming more attractive to the public, they are part of climate change adaptation and clean energy generation. Since we're going to be progressively surrounded by these structures we should be more careful and attentive towards the aesthetics of their designs. It's increasingly important that such projects fit with their surroundings.

These fundamental infrastructures shouldn't only be functional, but also aesthetically appealing. That's why designers have started seriously taking into account also the appearance of power station, also in order to gain public support. In this way they could also become attractions, places to visit. This is changing the image and reputation of power stations. These constructions are now becoming an integral part of what we consider to be a beautiful scenery. Here are some examples of how the design of these structures are becoming more eye-catching and pleasant, shaping the landscapes of our present.

The Øvre Forsland, Norway

The Øvre Forsland, Norway (Bjørn Leirvik)

The Planta Solar 10 and 20 (PS10 and PS20), Spain

The Planta Solar 10 and 20 (PS10 and PS20), Spain (Wikipedia)

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, Nevada, US

The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, Nevada, US (Wikimedia Commons)

Render of The Heart of New Caledonia, UK

Render of The Heart of New Caledonia, UK (Conergy)

Disney Solar Farm, Florida, US (Nearmap)

Disney Solar Farm, Florida, US (Nearmap)

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