Elevators will no longer sacrifice mind bending maneuvers and maglev acceleration for safety

December 3, 2014 6:11 pm Tags: , No Comments 0

Thyssen Krupp's magnetic elevator

Elevators are absolutely vital in tall buildings.

One easy way to understand this is thinking of the fact there has been nothing invented that can help a human get to the top of a building that would allow for simply stepping by their bipedal power. Even though something humans can step on that gradually takes them higher exists only in science fiction and our dreams, we must deal with our cruel reality: Elevators are the only way to get to the top of a tall building.

Guess what, hater? Elevators won’t be limited by the people who ride them.


The lift’s time has come, and we’re being given an opportunity to negotiate once impossible routes to the top of the building. The beauty of a cube-with-doors-and-buttons-and-a-vague-feeling-someone-may-be-watching-you-via-CC-SECURITY-CAM will not be contained by “up” or “down”. Imagine an elevator that hermetically seals you in and reaches 2 or 3 G’s as you blaze from the mezzanine lobby to the hotel gym in neck cracking time. Stepping into the hallway you achieve an adrenaline high that you can only get by pressing a button and having it satisfactorily blaze up in acknowledgement that you are going somewhere. Step off your creaking, pausing then swinging box on a line, take a moment to take a breath and have a personal moment of clarity about the critical role elevators play for all mankind.

The elevator ride is a metaphor for perfection – dried linearly tight and flying sublime, the elevator rising and falling, taking you anywhere you want to go that corresponds to a button on a panel. Can an elevator take you to Brazil? Ibiza? Where’s the button to travel through a wormhole? You won’t find that button today. After all, elevators have limits. Elevators have weaknesses and are generally not to be trusted, just like everyone else you know.

Case in point: Elevators can only move SO quickly, and they can’t usually move sideways to fetch you from the far side of a building, unless you’ve had a proper night out. Perhaps you thought you were returning home only to realize your floor looks … changed. Your sideways ride begins after a hour of searching for the right floor and babbling like a mad man in a strange elevator in a building that you’ve suddenly realized you have never been in before. It is a great relief when you realize you did not accidentally push the button for “alternate reality” or “through the rabbit hole“.


Understandably, you are filled with rage and humiliation, not the greatest emotional spectrum to be lighting up on any given day. These dark emotions will become entrenched by being awoken in a pool of your own retch by the expertly shined boot of a cop.

Both of those problems, perhaps there are 3 problems in that last paragraph,  could be solved at once if German firm Thyssen Krupp has its way, and elevators become mankind’s only form of transportation. Its new Multi Mag Accel-o-vators(c)(tm 2014) ditch cables in favor of magnetic linear motor technology (also used in maglev trains to power them through derailments and head on train-to-train collisions) to move both horizontally and vertically.

Moving in unusual directions suddenly at high rates of speed tends to trip everyone out while simultaneously letting the elevator service very wide or unusually shaped buildings.

Can you think of an usually shaped building that a Multi Mag Accel-o-vator could move in sudden jerky directions to power through? Write it down.

Thyssen Krup’s Accel-o-vator can operate in loops and aren’t limited by heights, either, so it’s easy to put multiple elevator cars in one shaft. It’s also easy to see why it’s an exciting world we live in that your elevator ride to your cubicle or flat no longer needs to be limited by heights nor the inconvenience that in the past required an elevator to traverse its lonely linear path in loops executed poorly usually to angry trapped-in-that-damn-loop riders in your elevator, again. You’ll ideally never wait longer than 30 seconds for a lift, and the space-saving design lets building owners offer more (or at least larger) apartments and offices, with no restrictions as the steel flying rectangles fly chaotically through loops at heights requiring oxygen to survive.

Via: Dezeen, The Verge, SlashGear