In a world surrounded by skyscrapers, it is important that we remember the reason why they exist. After all, it would be impossible to reach such heights so quickly without the implementation of the modern elevator and thanks to Elisha Grave Otis’ emergency brake system, elevators are safer than ever. Over the years, our buildings have climbed higher and higher and some have even become tourist attractions due to the splendid views they are able to offer visitors. Read on as we go over the top three…
- The Empire State Building, New York
At 103 stories tall, it is safe to say that The Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in the heart of Manhattan. In fact, dazzling views of the city can be viewed from observatory desks on the 86th and 102nd floors and are said to attract 4 million visitors every single year. Of course, this is only possible thanks to the installation of Otis’ elevators that are able to transport up to 200 people every hour at an average speed of 22km/h.
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe. In fact, it stands at an impressive 1063 feet in height and actually uses 5 lifts in order to transport visitors from the foot of the pillars all the way to the observation deck at an average speed of 500 feet per minute.
- Space Needle, Washington
Opened in 1962 as part of the World’s Fair, the Space Needle is an observation tower that stands at 605 feet in height and is built to withstand windspeeds of almost 200mph. Although it isn’t the tallest building in the world, it is safe to say that the Space Needle is a star attraction of Seattle and the use of high-quality elevators allows visitors to reach the top in just 41 seconds!
- Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa, stands at an impressive 828 metres in height and whilst it houses the second fastest lift, it is safe to say that Dubai wouldn’t have been able to offer such an experience at all without the elevator. After all, this would involve climbing thousands of stairs! Here at Elevators Ltd, we may not be able to offer bird’s eye views of a bustling city centre, but our elevators still deliver security and reliability like never before. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company around and ask a member of the team about our product range today!