Generally speaking, commercial elevators are designed to complement the surrounding design of the building. They are designed to be a subtle addition that enable easy vertical transport for all. That being said, there are a number of commercial elevators around the world exceeding those expectations and using the latest in lift technology to amaze the world.
1. Going to the next level or into the future?
Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart, Germany)
The Mercedes- Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has a stark, futuristic concrete design and features some of the world’s coolest cars. Consistent with the architecture, the elevators have been custom made and are a metallic pod shape that travel the walls of the entrance areas.
2. Above the Clouds
Hammetschwand Lift (Bürgenstock, Switzerland)
The Hammetschwand Lift is the tallest external elevator in Europe and was installed in 1905. This 100 year old lift takes passengers up to the Hammetschwand lookout to enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Lucerne.
3. Going up?
Sky Tower (Auckland, New Zealand)
Never mind the amazing views of New Zealand, some people visit the Sky Tower in Auckland just to ride the elevator. Passengers experience a thrilling 40 seconds of travel, but don’t look down! The transparent floor allows users to see the ground rush away on ascent or speed toward them as they descend. Maybe steer clear of this one if you have vertigo…