Incredible elevators of the world.
Not all architects are willing to accept that the elevator should look like a faceless iron box. Some are ready to implement all their most daring and innovative ideas in a lift with an extremely simple functional task — to deliver passengers and cargo to the required height. Each of these 10 projects is backed by a team of inspirers and years of hard work. The results of the combined efforts were the elevators, which are real masterpieces of construction and engineering art.
The Bailong Elevator, or the Hundred Dragons Elevator, is located in Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan Province, China. It moves along the slope of a massive mountain range, in a couple of minutes lifting tourists to the top of a mountain with a height of 330 meters, where an observation deck is equipped. The elevator is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest elevator in the world in an open space.
So that visitors do not have to overcome more than 1000 steps, climbing to the top of the highest monument in the United States — the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the memorial was equipped with an elevator. The cabin doors are made of glass, so that visitors can see the internal structure of the building.
The height difference between the Union and Ford Clyde canals in Scotland is about 24 meters. Initially, they were connected by eleven locks, but when the channel was decided to close, in the 30s they were filled in. During the reconstruction at the end of the 20th century, instead of the former cumbersome engineering system, the canal was proposed to be equipped with a lock lifter. The turn time of the elevator wheel is about 15 minutes. By choosing a guided tour of the canals, tourists can see the work of the world’s only rotating hydrolift from the inside.
In the interior of the world’s largest cylindrical saltwater aquarium, located in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, engineers hid a transparent elevator. During the ascent, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the underwater kingdom, represented by 1,500 fish of 97 species.
Hammetschwand hill, 1132 meters high, is the highest point of the Burgenstock peninsula. You can get to the top by high-speed elevator, which rises to a height of 152 meters in less than a minute.
The SkyView elevator provides a bird’s-eye view of Stockholm. At a speed of 1 m/s, the glass gondola moves along the roof of the largest spherical structure in the world, the Globen Arena, and takes its passengers to an altitude of 130 meters above sea level.
The second name of the Lloyd Building in London is inside out. He received it for the fact that the architects placed engineering communications, stairs and elevators outside. The walls of all 12 elevators are made of glass, which during the ascent provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding area. Only employees have access to the building, but during the annual Open House London, anyone can enter the Lloyd Building and take the elevator.
In the list of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101, located in Taipei, got only the 5th place, but the skyscraper’s elevators are second to none in speed and are considered the fastest elevators in the world. They rise at a speed of 60.6 km/h. The ride from the fifth floor to the observation deck on the 89th takes just 39 seconds.
In the museum of the legendary automobile concern Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, even the design of elevators could not do without the theme of the automotive industry. The lifts were stylized as futuristic capsules, reminiscent of a line of concept cars. They silently lift visitors to the 9th floor, from which the exhibition begins.
The floor of the elevators of the 328-meter Sky Tower in downtown Auckland is partially made of glass. While the elevator rises at a speed of 18 km/h to the top, an abyss grows under the feet of passengers.