Destination Dispatch and Elevator Control Innovation

Everywhere property owners and architects are embracing destination dispatch, an optimization technique used to improve elevator travel time by grouping passengers for the same destinations into the same elevators. Unlike conventional elevator control systems, destination dispatch control systems takes into account desired destination floors and the number of waiting passengers to significantly improve efficiency and convenience.

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Heatherwicks Vessel Brings

Nicknamed “The Vessel,” the dynamic structure that has captured media and designers attention for the last few weeks rises out of the multi-billion dollar Hudsons Yards development in New York. At 150ft (45 metres), stairs climb up in every direction providing the public a one of a kind vertical climb unlike anything constructed before. The structure is so massive that it can comfortably accommodate 1,000 visitors at a time.

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Joshua Nelson
The world's most beautiful glass ceiling hotel

Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is a unique luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of Mexico City, on the historic Zocalo square. This spectacular art-nouveau building features an immense stained-glass Tiffany ceiling, designed by the French artisan Jacques Gruber, a Louis XV style chandelier in the lobby, and beautiful wrought-iron railings on the first three floors.

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Joshua Nelson
Canadian Museum for Human Rights Takes Guests on a Skyward Journey

Built on Treaty One territory, in the Forks historic site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights stands as a monument to Canada’s pursuit of equal human rights for all. Completed in 2014, and designed by Architect Antoine Predock, its spiralling design takes visitors on an upward journey, progressing from ground to sky, dark to light, to a viewing platform and panoramic view of the sky, city and the natural realm beyond.

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Artist Gabriel Orozco's Distorts the Standard Elevator

Movement, travel and the circulation of people and goods are constant themes in Gabriel Orozco’s work. Elevator  is a modified elevator cab and modern art installation that distorts the perception of space. Cut horizontally, it’s shorter than a standard elevator cab. When you walk inside, which originally the idea is that a person can walk inside the elevator, you feel the distortion, you realize that the subject is transformed.

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed Research Tower and Custom Elevators

Designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert F. "Hib" Johnson, the building was constructed from 1936 to 1939 as the headquarters of the Johnson Wax Company. The 14-story Johnson Wax Research Tower, completed shortly after (1944–1950) includes some of Frank Lloyd Wrights only known elevators.

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Rem Koolhaas' Stacked and Staggered Library Rethinks Wayfinding

Rem Koolhaas' stacked and staggered public library is an eleven story monument to public space and level transition in downtown Seattle. Celebrated for its brilliant planning, the architects solution for an urban library has more to do with exploration than it does books and records.

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Kinetic Architecture & ThyssenKrupp's Next Generation of Test Towers

The recent designs of ThyssenKrupp Test Towers feature a sophisticated elegance not typically seen in elevator engineering. With the primary purpose of testing and validating vertical transportation technologies for the next generation, their new test towers truly champion movement in design.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Each week we select a special photo that celebrate the awesomeness of elevators. Everything from historical images, archive pieces, movie clips, drawings, and more.

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Joshua Nelson
Olafur Eliasson's First Building Celebrates Level Transition Majestically

Artist Olafur Eliasson has completed his first building named Fjordenhus in Denmark. The playful building is the headquarters of Kirk Kapital, which is the holding and investment company for Lego family wealth fund. The one of a kind building is entered from the quay by a footbridge that leads into a circular public space. The open area features three of the artist’s sculptures and a mirrored ceiling piece that reflects the light of the fjord back into the occupied public space.

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The Story of John Fensom | Canada’s Grandfather of Vertical Motion

In 1861, English-born machinist John Fensom first appeared in Toronto city directories. He and Charles Levey set up shop on Colborne Street and began making lathes. By 1864 the Fensom and Levey partnership had dissolved, and John Fensom was in business for himself. He set up shop on Adelaide Street West in 1867. There he remained for 15 years, first as John Fensom Iron Works, then in a venture called Gurney & Co. Central Iron Works from 1874 to 1878.

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TTC Brings Accessibility to Toronto's Transit System

TTC’s Easier Access Program will make all subway stations accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of mobility. Today, more than half of Toronto’s stations are accessible to people with disabilities. The Toronto Transit Commission has an ongoing commitment to provide safe and courteous transit services in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of all riders

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Eiffel Tower Elevator

Equipping the Eiffel Tower with safe passenger lifts was a major concern of the government commission overseeing the Paris Exposition. Although some visitors could be expected to climb to the first level, or even the second, lifts clearly had to be the main means of ascent.

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Restoration Hardware Takes Luxury Retail to the Next Level

Entering Restoration Hardwares massive New York store, guests will discover a soaring central atrium with a high-speed glass elevator as the central showpiece that transports visitors up to the skylit rooftop park. “It wasn’t the internet that killed retail stores; it was a lack of imagination and investment,” explains CEO Gary Friedman.

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25 Creative Elevator Designs That Changed Everything

Elevator design is not something many people think of. Even professional architects, urban planners and designers overlook their significance to modern buildings and cities as a whole. Over the past decade our team of vertical transportation specialists has worked to elevate the narrative around these little spaces in a big way.

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London to Introduce the ‘Chimney Lift’

Last month, London’s Battersea Power Station unveiled a major new attraction, a panoramic glass elevator which will travel to the top of one of Englands most iconic chimneys. Most famously know for its use on the cover image for Pink Floyds album ‘Animals’ has been apart of a redevelopment project for almost a decade.

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