Archive for the ‘worlds greatest elevator rides (videos)’ Category
__SPACER__ IM Pei’s Pyramid entrance to the Louvre, in Paris, is the inspiration behind Apple’s flagship store in New York, it features a very interesting hydraulic elevator that is an open top cylinder which slides within a spiral stair exit. While not particularly exhilarating the effect is very sick.
__SPACER__ The Top of the Rock offers a much better view of New York that the Empire State building, since you get to see the Empire State building, and with half the wait time. One of its showpiece features is a glass topped elevator, so that you can appreciate just how dramatic an elevator shaft running nearly a hundred floors, can be, without having to be Bruce Willis.
__SPACER__ Somehow, Richard Rogers managed to persuade one of the most conservative organizations in the world to commission one of the most extravagant pieces of architecture. An insurance underwriters housed in a giant stainless steel clad oil refinery that became a hallmark of London’s financial renaissance during the 80’s. It still looks more modern that the more recent icon, the rather simplistic ‘gherkin’ and the elevator rides, while not the highest or fastest in the world, are a majestic piece of architectural drama.
__SPACER__ The Mode Antonelliana is an icon of Turin, a former Synagog that survived a plane crash into its top, the building had to be shorn up with giant concrete supports after it was shown to be structurally unsound. As a result, the huge interior space cannot support very much, so pretty much the only thing rising through it are the 4 wires supporting the elevator which pops through a square hole in the floor and ceiling as it passes between basement and viewing balcony.
__SPACER__ La Defense is the financial center of Paris, a place where modern architecture is allowed to let rip and build high, without disturbing the 19th Century core. Its centerpiece is an arch which is (almost) aligned with the Arc de Triomphe, and through its hollow center runs a high tech elevator engineered by the legendary Peter Rice.
__SPACER__ The Taipei tower is a horrible piece of architecture, a 100 floor high edifice with the same aesthetic proposition as an illuminated waterfall picture in a cheap take out restaurant. The elevator ride is nevertheless truly impressive and staggeringly fast, as this video of the animated progress indicator within the car shows.
__SPACER__ Berlin’s Sea Life has to be the world’s most spectacular aquarium, rising as a giant multi-storey glass cylinder within an atrium. Even more sensational is that fact that an elevator runs through the center of the donut section of the tank to create an utterly surreal ride, as this video shows.
__SPACER__ The difference in height between two canals in Scotland was too great for a lock to be practical. Although not the only one of its kind, this elevator which lifts entire canal barges is one of the few where an attempt was taken to make it a piece of architecture rather than purely an engineering exercise.