Primitive Elevators were used as far back as the 3rd century BC. Since then Human creativity has no boundaries other than what we impose on it. Its just a matter of time before its seeps into elevator construction as well. Here’s a collection of some of the craziest architectural marvels to date
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Ads are everywhere. Health ads are always a good thing for educating the public. This particular ad takes it a little far however.
2. Unique interior designs in Elevators
Like the lick-able wallpaper? Inspired by the movie Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes partnered up with communications firm Engine to create a lick-able wallpaper featuring 1,325 cakes. Developed in four weeks, each cake can only be licked once.
Oh! And don’t worry about the saliva on the wall. A bellboy removes the cakes that have been licked.
The Gateway arch is America’s tallest monument reaching 630 feet high. The ride in the elevator takes approximately 4 minutes to reach the observation deck. The the best part about it though it the elevator itself. The elevator resembles something futuristic. It look s like a white pod. The interior design was done by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. He added glass doors, which showcase the complexity of the Arches interior.
5.The Bailong Elevator in Hunan, China
The Bailong Elevator in Zhangjiajie is the only elevator its size in the world that isn’t situated inside a city. Its located in the National Forest Park. It reaches 1,070 feet high going up the side of a cliff. The elevator walls are made of glass and it takes about 2 minutes to reach the top where you will see an amazing scenic area overlooking the green-swathed valley below with scenic lakes and the distinct sandstone pillars the region is known for.
6.The Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk, Scotland
Opened in 2002 The Falkkirk elevator which is actually a boat lift was designed to hep link the 2 boat canals together. At the top you can see as far as two miles outside of Falkirk proper and marvel at both the bucolic countryside and the 115-foot tall contraption swooping them gently through the air.
7. The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany
Probably the most visually specular of the bunch is the Aquadom in the lobby of Berlin’s Radisson Blu Hotel. Its literally an elevator aquarium and the largest cylindrical tank aquarium in the world with more than 1 million liters of water. The 82 foot tall cylindrical, aquarium transports visitors through a full panorama of tropical sea life. Nearly 100 different species of fish vibrantly colored include blowfish, silver moonfish, and humphead wrasse,
8.The Hammetschwand Lift in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
It opened in 1905 as an addition to the Bürgenstock Resort the 499-foot, 48-second ride is still the tallest outdoor lift in Europe. On first observation the lift may seem precarious due to the spider-webbed lattice work but this lift has stood the test of time. Compared to the other elevators in this list the Hammetschwand rises much faster at a speed of 10ft per second turning it into more of a thrill ride. at the top you will get a birds eye view of Lucern’s great waters and the alps that Switzerland are so noted for.
9.The SkyView in Stockholm, Sweden
If you are trying to take in the sights of Stockholm than a ride along the Ericsson Globe won’t disappoint. The outside of the spherical structure is about 361 feet in diameter. The glass gondolas follow a curve around the dome taking about 20minutes to the top and back down which give an amazing view of the city’s skyline
10.The Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan
The lift is the fastest of the bunch speeding along at almost 40 miles per hour. It only takes 37 minute to reach the 89floor observatory which is 1000’s of feet in the air. From there you can see every part of the city and even distant mountains.
The best is far from over though. On the way down the quick descent is not for the weary. It resembles more of the ride “The Drop of Doom” in an amusement park.
11.The Luxor Inclinator in Las Vegas
The Luxor hotel is shaped like a pyramid from the outside which makes on wonder how do the elevator work there. They have deigned a unique system they call “inclinators” rather than elevators. The inclinators carry guests up the side of the hotel’s iconic pyramid at a sharp 39-degree angle. Unfortunately they don’t have observation windows and only go up 30 floors. There are however great views from the top floors of the faux Egyptian universe below, especially at night, when the lights of the lobby flash to life.
Most of the elevators on this list are interesting because of their exterior construct. For this one the thrill comes form the inside views. When you first enter this building you get s sense that its a very strict business like environment. The doors to the elevator near the 31st street give nothing away. Once you step in though you are transported into a psychedelic acid dream. The interior is a one of a kind with strange beasts painted on the wall and an odd little mirror on the back wall.
13.The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany
Just sitting in the museum watching the elevators rise is interesting. They are a smooth curved metallic shape with a glowing yellow visor shaped window. The trip s only 30 seconds. The whole museum is a spectacle to behold with its sleek modern state of the art design. The ceiling has an interesting tri-star finish to it. The floor inside the elevator has a glowing yellow/green aura to it as well conjuring images of a space elevator.