The technology behind the elevator may still be a work in progress however it continues to be implemented into the design of a range of new and advanced applications every day. Take the British Airways i360 as an example; the 162 meter tall tower fit with a glass pod was installed in Brighton in 2016 and become the world’s first ‘vertical cable car’. With this said, some might say that the technology looks eerily similar to that of the elevator! Read on to find out more…
From the creators of the London Eye, the 450ft futuristic glass pod that is the i360 is said to be ‘before its time’. After all, it allows both tourists and locals to see the south coast like never before. The design resembles an amusement park ride however it is anything but; allowing ticket holders an 18 meter wide and 360 degree view of the landscape and surrounding town.
The pod can hold up to 200 people at one given time, making it almost 10 times stronger than a regular elevator. In fact, the science behind it uses 17 steel tubes with thicknesses that range from 20mm to 85mm. By following a detailed and complicated plan, the i360 took almost 10 years to come into fruition. In fact, whilst it looks like a giant elevator, its size is simply too immense to even compare the two.
Interestingly, elevators have been used in a range of tourist attractions all over the world including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which features an elevator that travels on a diagonal and the Empire State Building, which is able to travel through 86 floors in under 2 minutes to reach its observation deck.
Although our elevators do not reach the same heights as the British Airways i360, it is safe to say that they can improve the accessibility of a building in no time. From home elevators to scenic lifts, the team here at Elevators Ltd have got you covered! To find out more information about our range of elevators, get in contact with the best lift company around today!