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Elevators of the future go longways, sideways and slantways and not only these ways

wieżowce i technologia maglev

In 2050 nearly three-quarters of world’s population will live in a smart city and skyscrapers will to a considerable extent fill the urban skyline. High-rises may look very different than today, having any high and any shape. One of the issues related to this vision has already been resolved. Elevators.

The modern elevator is an invention of the 1970s. It is safe and moves by a rope. This one is different. It goes up, down and left, right, front and back, and diagonally. In each dream direction. And it does not need a rope. ThyssenKrupp, an international conglomerate with German roots has created something that will most likely revolutionize buildings of the future.

These futuristic elevators were made by applying already existing technology of levitating trains. One can see them only in several countries – South Korea, Japan, and China. Today maglev technology is used in airport transportation. Shuttle trains of this kind reach 7kph higher speed than traditional ones. You can travel by maglev train, among others, from the Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

ThyssenKrupp came to the idea of using maglev technology in elevators. The company is testing it. All indications are that despite higher costs, benefits of using maglev elevators inside buildings will outweigh initial expenditures considerably.

Buildings of the future

The Multi elevators will take passengers in every possible direction. Thanks to that they will be faster, greener, economical and more efficient. In fact, they will no longer be elevators but more like small trains taking passengers from point A to point B. They won’t stop at each floor, and it will be possible to place a significantly higher number of carriages in fewer shafts, depending on demand and traffic. Skyscrapers could then have not only any height but also any shape. Space, needed for shafts will decrease by up to 40 percent. Capacity will increase by 50 percent, reducing the footprint by at least as much in comparison to traditional elevators.

Only seemingly these technologically advanced elevators are the future. ThyssenKrupp has the first client. It announced at the end of June MULTI elevators will be installed in the East Side Tower Berlin. They have been included in the new project made by the company which has built in Amsterdam the most sustainable office building in the world. It appears that what divides us from buildings of the future is time needed for constructing them.