Moving Around the World’s Superstructures

High Tech Elevator Improving Legacy Lifts

Buildings are getting taller and taller. Today, the highest skyscraper in the world is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,717ft (828m). Super tall structures are undoubtedly impressive, but they can be problematic. One issue, is actually getting around them. At the moment, lifts can rise to around 1,600ft in one go. In the Burj Khalifa, there are a total of 57 elevators. The necessity of installing lift shafts can be limiting for architects, restricting their designs for conventional elevators. However, a new magnetic, multidirectional lift could provide the answer.

German engineering firm ThyssenKrupp announced the concept of a cable free, rotating rail lift system called Multi in 2014. Last month, the company trialled the high tech lift in Rottweil, Germany, in a purpose built elevation tower. Unlike normal elevators, Multi can move from left to right as well as up and down. This could compliment wackier architectural designs, and reduce the number of lifts needed in skyscrapers.

As well as freeing designers and construction companies, these flexible lifts could combat congestion. Passengers would get to their desired floor in far less time without delays. The benefits for travel and architecture are clear, but unfortunately they cost five times more to install than a regular system. This hasn’t stopped OVG Real Estate from investing in ThyssenKrupp’s magic lifts, but for most businesses they will simply be too expensive.


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