New design uses magnets to move elevators sideways #ArtTuesday


ThyssenKrupp is designing elevators controlled by magnets. via dezeen

Willy Wonka’s glass elevator moves one step closer to reality with this new design for lifts that can move horizontally as well as vertically, and which promise to never make you wait longer than 30 seconds.

German company ThyssenKrupp has branded cable-hoisted elevators as a thing of the past, and has launched its design for a system of compact elevators controlled by powerful magnets.

Doing away with the traditional rope and counterweight – a system that has been used ever since the birth of “the Teagle” lift in 1835 – ThyssenKrupp’s Multi system would allow for several cabins in one shaft.

If the technology becomes adopted by the industry, it would allow architects more freedom to design buildings with unconventional and outrageous shapes by doing away with the need for an elevator core.

Every self-propelled cabin would be able to travel up-and-down or side-to-side, but each one would be part of a loop. This allows shafts to be half the size, but to still accommodate twice as many passengers.

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