The lifts are machines whose function is to transport people or cargo from one floor to another. However, technology has allowed them to become true works of art. With a spectacular design and stunning locations, some elevators have become true attractions that attract the curious tourists. Strange right? This is known as elevators or ascensoril tourism and attracts more and more people around the world. We found spectacular lifts on all continents that stand out for its architecture and the views they offer.
We can find in the water, outdoors, or light, inside a building. Join us to meet five of these spectacular works of art.
We started our tour in Germany. Berlin is the Hotel Radisson Blu and this is where we find the AquaDom, a cylindrical glass tank 25 meters high in which a transparent elevator was built. At a cost of 12.8 million euros AquaDom was opened in 2004. The complete construction of aquarium was designed by the American company Reynolds Polymer Technology and has become the main attraction of the Sea Life Center Berlin as it has around 2600 56 different types of fish. The outer cylinder was manufactured there in the aquarium and make four pieces; the inner cylinder of the lift was delivered in one piece.
So next time you travel to Berlin make sure to take time to visit the AquaDom and experience the ups and downs of the world's most spectacular.
The Falkirk Wheel
We continue our tour to learn spectacular lifts and so we come to Scotland in the UK. In the town of Falkirk we found along the Forth and Clyde Canal, one of the most visited places in Scotland: The Falkirk Wheel. A spectacular construction of 1,200 tons of steel for ships raise rotatably connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This technological marvel was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on May 24, 2002, right on its golden anniversary as monarch. This modern structure was created with the idea of reuniting the different channels of Scotland (Forth Clyde and Union), and thus able to connect the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The reconstruction plan was led by British Waterways (now called Scottish Canals). The plan included creating an avant-garde structure, fully twenty-first century, apart from connecting channels, save the height difference -24 meters- that is between them. And so it was that the project Falkirk Wheel became the first rotating boat lift. Construction was done by the design team UTE-Morrison-Bachy-Soletanche. The parts forming part of the wheel were manufactured and assembled in Ripley, Debonshire in Butterley steelworks. After carefully assemble the 1200 tons of steel, to check that everything worked perfect, the structure was dismantled and 35 trucks were needed to move it to Falkirk. Arriving at their destination, he reassembled all the pieces on the floor and then be wake up cranes and position in place. The Falkirk Wheel is 35 meters tall and can move up to 600 tons, 300 in each gondola.
Definitely a lift we have to visit to admire its operation.
Skyview (Ericsson Globe)
Now we moved to the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden, where stands one of the most visited city buildings. It is popularly known as "El Globo", where concerts and sports events take place because it can adapt to any kind of event. It was opened in 1989 and is one of the buildings with the form of larger sphere of the world, has a diameter of 110 meters and its interior height is 85. He is an icon of the Swedish capital, however, it became popular in the 2010 when they began operating its funicular elevators as they were called Skyview because they offer a spectacular panoramic view of the city. The lifts run through by rail part of the area and are comprised of a steel and glass shelves in a circle, which rise to a height of 130 meters. Each gondola can carry up to 16 people at once, making a tour of 20 minutes duration.
The view from up there has to be something really impressive, so do not stop frequenting if you are in Stockholm.
The Hammetschwand Lift
We came to Switzerland in the town of Burgenstock an elevator with a height of 158.2 meters that looks like a missile is launched into the sky is located. The Hammetschwand Lift is the highest outdoor elevator in Europe and is the fastest way to reach the viewpoint of the city and observe Lucerne and the Lake Lucerne. Part of Burgenstock Hotels and connects the road with boulders and Burgenstock Hammetschwand lookout hill. The elevator was built by the Schindler Group and has ability to quickly take their passengers to a height of 153 meters to the top of the hill in less than 1 minute. The construction of the elevator began in 1903 and was completed in 1905, in its early years had a speed of 1 m / s, and passengers could enjoy a 3 minutes. The cabin was made of wood with zinc coating and could carry 8 passengers. In 1935 he was renewed, and thus increased speed to 2.7 m / s by replacing the cockpit light metal structure. This lift is spectacular because the entrance of the elevator, the machine room and the first 14 meters of the hole are completely inside the mountain, and the following 30 meters are outdoors.
During the summer elevator tower lights and it can be seen from Lucerne. Definitely, another architectural marvel.
The Bailong Elevator (or lift the Dragons Hundred)
Us go to Asia, to China, in the province of Hunan. The Bailong Elevator is a marvel of engineering, Zhhangjiajie is part of the National Park and is built into the wall of one of the cliffs. He is known to be the highest outdoor elevator in the world. It has a height of 330 meters and the entire tour takes 1 minute. It has two floors and can carry up to 50 passengers, why is inscribed in the Guinness of Records as the fastest with the highest passenger load in the elevator world. The Chinese government began construction in 1999 and from the beginning was surrounded by controversy because the place where it is located is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. The work took three years to build and an investment of 120 million yuan (15 million euro) are needed. It became operational in 2002, but its construction had technical problems for engineers and politicians, as many environmental groups and local residents opposed to its construction for being a protected area. The construction of this elevator was spectacular without disrupting tourism place, visited annually by five million people. The digging of wells and pipes made in the strategically selected area that consists mainly of quartz sandstone. The Bailong elevator to James Cameron served as inspiration for the city of Pandora devise its blockbuster Avatar.
Undoubtedly, the elevator Hundred Dragons is a wonder that offers a spectacular view on the heights. Not for the faint hearted or people with vertigo.
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The Gateway Arch Elevator
We moved to America, specifically to St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States. Here is the world's largest arc. Bow could be found in three ways: climbing the 1076 steps of the structure, or by a normal elevator that carries 12 passengers. But undoubtedly the most interesting option, it is up to the lift-tram going around the arch like a train at a height of 192 meters. Passengers traveling in groups of 5 in a compartment in the form of egg. The chambers have windows that allow a view outside to enjoy the trip that lasts for 4 minutes.
So next time you are in the south of These States, visit Missouri and spectacular lift-tram.
In short, tourism elevator is a fun way to learn about lifts. But if you want to learn more about design, construction, structures, maintenance and other services that have to do with elevators or lifts stop and visit AstarLifts.