Going Up?

Madam,’ said Mr Wonka, ‘it is not a lift any longer. Lifts only go up and down inside buildings. But now that it has taken us up into the sky, it has become an ELEVATOR’. The elevator is arguably the most significant innovation ever in building design. It has allowed us to create the skyscrapers which are an integral part of our modern skyline. However, since its invention in 1854, little has changed – until now.  The fanciful nature of Roald Dahl’s ‘Great Glass Elevator’, which could travel ‘up and down, sideways, slantways, and any other way you can think of’ is seemingly now a reality, as the ‘ThyssenKrupp MULTI’ ropeless design is implemented in the new East Side Tower in Berlin. Using a direct drive facilitates 90 degree turns, which increases efficiency, reduces the number of lift shafts required and potentially one day might allow cabins to dock in buildings from external transit systems.