Access lifts are serious business, and they come with a whole range of important utilities and regulated standards that must be complied with at all times. However, lifts are also fun pieces of technology that are hugely valued from a novelty perspective as well, so here are a few of our favourite lifts that have a slightly more light hearted purpose:
Empire State Building – USA
Clearly, the primary recreational purpose of a lift is to allow you to reach a high level to see a great view, and few sights are more impressive than the legendary New York skyline. Over 73 lift cars serve this iconic building, and the observatory at the summit of the lift ascent is fully surrounded by glass and allows you to access extensive outdoor promenades. With another observatory on the 102nd floor, there are plenty of reasons to take a lift in this building.
Eiffel Tower – France
The 1,050 foot climb to the summit of the romantic Eiffel Tower is one of the most well beloved lift ascents in the world, even though it is not the tallest, and some of the vintage lift technology in this French landmark is truly remarkable. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the engines lie in the tower basement, and despite being computerised and restored they are still working hard more than 100 years after they were first commissioned.
CN Tower – Canada
The tallest tower in the world only takes a matter of a minute (or 58 seconds if we’re being precise) to climb, and that’s all thanks to the modern high-specification glass fronted elevator that it houses. The peak of the CN Tower lies at a truly bewildering 1,465 feet in the air, and so if ever there was an excuse for an elevator serving in a largely novelty capacity, this is undeniably it.
Maritime Museum of British Columbia – Canada
Not perhaps where you might expect a great lift to be situated, we’re staying in Canada for this choice, as this particular museum is the site of the oldest ‘birdcage’ lift to still be operating in the entire world. As the famous Chief Justice it was built for died before it could be completed, the lift has attained some ghostly connotations in modern times, so it’s ‘a must see’ for the thrill seekers or supernatural enthusiasts out there.
Burj Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The Khalifa Tower has more than 150 stories in total and the observation deck is located on floor number 124, so you may be forgiven for thinking that the ascent might be a chore. Well, thanks to the fastest double-decker elevator in the world, you’d definitely be wrong, so there really is no reason not to take a trip up this towering colossus if you’re ever in the area.
As you can see, there are some truly great lifts all around the world, and not all of them are important from a purely functional point of view. Here at Axess2, we always make sure to balance the form and function of our lifts, so they’ll excel in ways that are not purely confined to the practical sphere. If you’d like to find out more about our professional service for lift design and installation, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 01200 405 005 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today.