When it comes to the world of elevators, many people fail to think beyond the average passenger lift found in a shopping centre. Interestingly, there are actually dozens upon dozens of weird and wonderful elevators on the market, including giant aquariums with live fish and cabs that manage to reach speeds of 22mph! Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over the Autostadt Silo, one of the most interesting elevator contraptions in the world…
Located in Germany, the Autostadt itself is a tourist attraction that focuses on cars and other vehicles. In fact, the name of the building is German for ‘Automobile City’ and the museum takes visitors through a tour of the Volkswagen factory, the history of road evolution, and even has a complex where people can pick up their new cars.
Although the museum is considered a popular tourist attraction for car enthusiasts, the elevator within the building is actually a popular feature too. After all, the 160ft circular building is home to over 400 cars at any given time and this means that there must be an inventive and modern method of stacking them.
Interestingly, the Autostadt uses a vertical parking lot system with mechanical arms that lift the cars onto platforms and transport them up and down the entire structure. In fact, they move and rotate at a slow but steady speed of 2 miles per hour which means that the vehicles are incredible secure, even at death defying heights. In addition to this, visitors can also travel in a glass elevator that is fitted with seating and seat belts in order to view the car as it is removed from its holding.
It is no secret that elevators have developed considerably in terms of technology since the first modern rendition was implemented during the mid-19th century. Here at Elevators Ltd, we may not have grand elevators like the Autostadt Silo on display but we do offer a range of high-quality passenger lifts, dumbwaiters and small scale car parking stacking elevators! To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!