A nifty lit­tle mover

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Snapshot - Rot­tweil, Ger­many

Look­ing like some­thing out of Willy Wonka’s choco­late fac­tory, this im­age from ThyssenKrupp’s test­ing tower shows the world’s first ‘rope­less’ el­e­va­tor. Thanks to its ca­ble-free de­sign, the MULTI el­e­va­tor can move both ver­ti­cally and hor­i­zon­tally, with ex­changer mech­a­nisms con­trol­ling di­rec­tion, much like points on a rail­way line.

Very tall build­ings re­quire mul­ti­ple lift shafts, as hav­ing a sin­gle, cen­tral shaft can un­der­mine their struc­tural in­tegrity. But as Markus Jet­ter, ThyssenKrupp’s head of project devel­op­ment, ex­plains: “With MULTI lifts, ar­chi­tects are no longer re­stricted in their de­signs by con­cerns about el­e­va­tor shaft height and ver­ti­cal align­ment. Tra­di­tional shafts can oc­cupy 40 per cent of the floor space in a typ­i­cal tall build­ing; MULTI halves that, leav­ing more room for of­fices and apart­ments.”

The first MULTI el­e­va­tor is due to be in­stalled in the new East Side Tower in Ber­lin in 2020.

PHOTO: Thyssenkrupp

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