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I am fre­quently frus­trated by el­e­va­tors (lifts).

At busy times, they are de­layed, and at quiet times, their chime can echo down the cor­ri­dor past the room where I am try­ing to sleep.

As build­ings get taller, they are also con­fus­ing as they are or­gan­ised into banks ac­cess­ing cer­tain sets of floors, so I get in and dis­cover I have been whisked past my floor and up to 16-29 be­cause I wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion when I got in.

So, I read this with in­ter­est

New el­e­va­tor de­sign could dis­rupt city in­fra­struc­ture

A new el­e­va­tor con­cept uses mag­nets and a roller­coaster-style rail de­sign to en­able greater de­grees of free­dom for trans­port­ing peo­ple, and more, around sky­scrapers and across cities.

“With this SkyPod, the cars could travel along the out­sides of build­ings, curv­ing around all man­ner of shapes, and also travel hor­i­zon­tally be­tween di…er­ent zones.”

I think I may have to get used to the prospect of fur­ther con­fu­sion.


I dis­like get­ting into lifts with other peo­ple, so I usu­ally use stair­cases where prac­ti­cal. I have of­ten found that walk­ing is faster than us­ing the lifts any­way, par­tic­u­larly at times of high de­mand.


Hi Tom,

To­tally agree with you on the frus­trat­ing wait for el­e­va­tors/lifts.

I’ve stayed at a few tall prop­er­ties – Bos­ton Mar­riott Co­p­ley Place and Court­yard by Mar­riott Kuwait City come to mind – where they have in­stalled newer lift tech­nol­ogy. In­stead of call­ing the lift and then se­lect­ing the floor once in the car (the only but­tons in­side are open/ close/alarm), you se­lect your des­ti­na­tion floor in the lift lobby and a com­put­erised sys­tem di­rects you to a spe­cific el­e­va­tor. Some­times you still have to wait but the com­puter sys­tem seems to op­ti­mise the use of the el­e­va­tors. So, if you do have to wait a lit­tle while I find when the el­e­va­tor does ar­rive it will then be non stop to my des­ti­na­tion floor (or with no more than one or two stops which are in­di­cated when you board).

My per­sonal el­e­va­tor pet peeves (which are over­come by the above sys­tem):

– be­ing on floor 30, get­ting in the el­e­va­tor and hav­ing ten stops on the way down.

– stupid peo­ple that think they will get an el­e­va­tor quicker by press­ing both the ‘up’ and ‘down’ call but­tons re­gard­less of their di­rec­tion.

– be­ing on a lower floor and the el­e­va­tors con­stantly be­ing full when they reach that floor on the way down.

The ho­tel we used to stay in in NYC was a very tall but very slim build­ing that phys­i­cally could only fit two el­e­va­tors. I be­came ac­cus­tomed to open­ing my ho­tel room door, hold­ing it open with my bag, call­ing the lift then sit­ting down on the bed hav­ing a cup of tea un­til I would hear the ‘bing’ as the el­e­va­tors could take so long.


Newer ho­tels have good de­sign with el­e­va­tor shafts be­ing away from rooms. But some ho­tels are badly de­signed and there are rooms next to el­e­va­tor shaft.

One can hear el­e­va­tors go­ing up and down from these rooms es­pe­cially at night when the noise level is low.

I oc­ca­sion­ally get this type of room (due to lower con­trac­tual rate) but I make it a point to talk to the man­ager for a change. Of course, ho­tel loy­alty mem­ber­ship helps.

Nowa­days most of the ho­tels have room en­try card to ac­cess el­e­va­tors but this sys­tem does have a loop­holes. .

For in­stance, some guests would not like to go to other floor. If this is to keep out un­wanted peo­ple, then it is not e‹ec­tive..

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