Industrial design has always put functionality first. The shapes, contours, and materials of the object to be created were supposed to be only auxiliary components of the production function that was assigned to the object of execution. In the 60s and 70s of the last century, during a particularly rapid population growth in industrial countries, industrial design became the lifesaver that allowed, forgetting about aesthetic excesses, to create not only new residential areas in existing cities,but also the cities themselves, often from scratch. The price paid for the coveted square meters was the dullness and despondency of densely populated residential areas. Awareness of the problem and attempts to change the organization of the space of our cities for the better is a trend of recent decades. Huge funds are being invested in landscaping and road infrastructure, and our high-rise buildings are being repainted in all the colors of the rainbow with only one goal-to escape from the typical grayness of post-Soviet landscapes, so easily guessed from random photos.
Traveling abroad, you can often find large structures that are not always immediately obvious in their functionality. Only after looking closely, you realize with amazement that this is nothing more than an artfully camouflaged cell phone tower. The forms and types of the latter sometimes frankly make you smile. Why in our latitudes such an original method of space transformation has not yet been adopted is a mystery. Experience of urbanists from abroad under the cut.
The cactus-shaped base stations are, of course, native to North America. In the desert regions of the United States and Mexico, real cacti can easily reach 10 meters in height, while being up to a meter in girth.
The shape and dimensions for the unsophisticated eye copy the natural analogue so skillfully that only thanks to indirect signs can we suspect something is wrong here.
This “green space”, if placed somewhere in the middle of a flowerbed, would not even arouse suspicion about its hidden talents.
In regions with a less arid climate, palm trees look no less picturesque than cacti. Moreover, such high structures look more aesthetically pleasing, because from the point of view of functionality, the height of the placed repeater quite strongly affects its coverage area, and this is often a critical factor for building a cellular network.
These are the most common base stations in Egypt. Such towering “palm trees” can be found not only in tourist cities of the Sinai Peninsula, this is quite common practice both for Cairo and for completely forgotten desert settlements.
Only one of these palm trees is a creation of wild nature. Not so easy to find a fake?
It may not be the most spectacular character in our hit parade, but you can’t deny its uniqueness.
Towers made in the image and likeness of coniferous trees are most common in temperate climates of the United States. Agree, a palm tree in the middle of snow-covered hills would look wild.
Such a cedar would fit very picturesquely into the urban environment of most of our cities. It might not be a tourist attraction, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the eye.
Also not the worst contenders to replace the boring antennas and noisy boxes on rusty masts, studded with mobile operators everywhere.
Cypress trees. One is more beautiful than the other.
Actually, there are enough tree species. For any specific location, you can always choose the most characteristic silhouette, the appropriate height, color and type.
Even if the tower is located in the middle of the forest. Now it is impossible to take a photo of wild nature without getting into the frame of fire towers, radio communication masts, power lines with wires, etc.
A coniferous tree in the middle of deciduous trees is probably not the best choice. On the other hand, in the middle of winter, a deciduous tree with dead leaves would look even more strange.
After all, not by nature alone. Even the same industrial can be diluted with non-standard forms and solutions. For a small city, such a creation can become a real attraction. As a result, in addition to direct functionality, such a tower will be able to provide its brand in this location with “hype” for many years to come.
Instead of banal towers, purposefully design monumental creations with the possibility of installing network equipment in them. By combining several items of city budget expenditures. Actually, why not?