It is safe to say that there are a variety of weird and wonderful elevator designs located in a range of different locations around the world, such as the AquaDom in Germany which has a giant aquarium surrounding a fully functioning glass elevator. With this said, the Lloyds building in London is the one of the most famous scenic elevators in the UK and is often known as the ‘Inside-Out’ building due to its un-natural design. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over everything there is to know about it…
The Design Process
Built in order to maximise the space inside, the Lloyds building in London is known for its inside-out design that places the elevators, staircases and even airducts on the exterior of the building. Interestingly, it was given a Grade I listing in 2011, almost 25 years after its initial build in 1986, and it is thought that the design of the build was influenced by the work of Archigram, an architectural group from the late 50’s.
The Outdoor Elevators
The Inside-Out building has an innovative design that provides an uncluttered interior and the placement of the 12 outdoor glass elevators that can be found around the exterior were the very first of their kind. This means that the Lloyds building is also renowned for its aesthetical design as the scenic glass elevators allow visitors to the building to view London in a way like never before as the lifts ascend and descend.
Use in Popular Culture
Due to the unique design, the Lloyds building has been used a location in various different Hollywood films over the years, most famous in the 2014 superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Whilst the elevators themselves have never been featured as a known move set, they have been used in background footage and are easy to spot by Londoners.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we may not be able to supply masterpieces like the glass elevators found in the Lloyds building but we place a lot of emphasis on quality and longevity in order to provide our clients with the same elegance. After all, the exterior of this building has a prominent place in popular culture due to its eye-catching design. To find out more information about our range of scenic elevators, get in contact with the best lift company around and ask a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!