Iceland is possibly the most extensively de-forested country in Europe, if not in the world. An enormous amount of woodland destruction has occurred as well as soil erosion. It is estimated that birch woodland covered at least 25-30% of the country at the time of settlement, whereas today they only cover about 1%.
Inspired by the native downy or white birch this proposal is intended combine both man-made and natural elements. Utilizing the notion of a tree, it will sit harmoniously within the natural surrounding and help contribute to the restoration of the ancient Icelandic forest back to the original 20% landmass. In time the organic mass becomes a natural habitat, encouraging biodiversity and helping absorb CO2 in more densely populated areas. Simple to construct and easily de-mountable, the design also allows for the transmission line to adapt to its surroundings whether urban, rural or suburban using a standardised steel frame with removable vertical mesh panels and horizontal soil beds. These panels allow for the natural growth of vegetation and eventually the creation of micro-habitats. As a result no two transmission lines will be the same reflecting the varied nature of natural and man made landscapes.