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China’s Tallest Building will have World’s Fastest Elevator

Shanghai TowerThe main structure for China’s Shanghai Tower is almost completed and will be the nation’s tallest building, for now. Skyscrapers are getting taller and taller around the world, pushing architects to create better buildings. Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China until Sky City is built. However, one thing that the Shanghai Tower will still have is the world’s fastest elevator.

The Shanghai Tower needed an 18 foot deep foundation that required 63 hours of non-stop work to pour. Once the massive structure is finished, it will contain more than six million square feet of office and retail space that is expected to attract an estimated 16,000 people per day. While the building will only be China’s tallest until Sky City is finished, it is still a spectacle.

The tower’s 90 by 90 foot concrete core will be surrounded by a layer of glass that will insulate the building and regulate its energy consumption. There will be atriums with ceilings high enough to house trees as tall as 10 meters. There will be 121 floors, which guests will travel between in the world’s fastest elevator. The elevator will be able to reach speeds of 40 mph, getting riders to their desired floor faster than any other commercial elevator ever built.

Shanghai Tower (2,073 feet) will be the third tallest building in the world, behind the Burj Khalifa (2,717 feet) and Sky City (2,739 feet). It will be one amazing structure that will be able to boast it has the world’s fastest elevator.

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Man Climbs Massive Bailong Elevator

Bailong Elevator

In an earlier post we showed you some of the most unique elevators from around the world. One of those elevators, the Bailong elevator in China, was recently scaled by a French man. He managed to climb the 564 foot elevator with no safety equipment.

The Bailong elevator is a massive structure that brings riders up for a one-of-a-kind view of the quartzite sandstone pillars. French daredevil Jean-Michel Casanova decided that instead of ride the elevator cab to the top, he would just climb.Rock Climber

The Bailong elevator is also known as the “Hundred Dragons” elevator. It was opened 10 years ago and is situated in a mountain range near Zhangjiajie. The elevator is composed of shafts inside the mountain and a steel structure outside of the mountain. Casanova climbed the steel structure on the outside.

The most amazing part of this feat is not that he had the upper body strength and guts to climb 564 feet, it’s that he did it with no safety equipment. There was no net to catch Casanova if he fell, no safety wire connecting him to the structure. All Casanova needed was a pair of green and black sticky sneakers to aid him in his ascent.

Spectators watched in awe as Casanova climbed the 564 foot elevator in 68 minutes and 26 seconds. If you aren’t a skilled climber like Casanova, you can take the conventional way up in about one minute. Casanova has been a rock climber since the age of five and climbed the Eiffel Tower in 1989 and a decade later climbed the Brooklyn Bridge dressed as Spider-Man.

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The Future of Dumbwaiters?


New Dumbwaiters

Many hotels, restaurants, and bakeries use dumbwaiters to easily and efficiently move food between floors. As an aid to servers, dumbwaiters are used to make things easier. In China they are giving up the dumbwaiter in exchange for robots.

At Robot Restaurant in downtown Harbin, China, you will get a dining experience like no other. Servers at this restaurant rely on high tech version of the dumbwaiter. When you enter the restaurant, you are Robot Restaurantgreeted by the host who says, “Greetings Earth Person! Welcome to Robot Restaurant!” The robot host welcomes you with open arms and is your first, but not last, meeting with a mechanical employee. Once you sit down, your robot server will come and take your party’s order. When your food is ready, your robot server will drop off the meal to your table. All of the robots have different names and personalities. The “Singing Robot” may come to your table and sing a song while you eat. There is even a mechanical dog that can sit at the tables and entertain children. All of the robots move across a track on the floor and run on electricity.

Food can be delivered at Robot Restaurant by the mechanical servers or by a conveyor belt that is suspended in the air. Similar to the conveyor system used at Yo! Sushi in Japan, Robot Restaurant sets the bar a little higher with their conveyor belt. Suspended in the air, the conveyor belt can get the food to the correct table and then mechanized arms set the food onto the table.

DumbwaiterThe robots are given breaks after the busy hours to recharge their batteries. They can work for up to 5 hours before they need a break, which is longer than some humans! However, each robot costs around $40,000 dollars, which is more than double what the average human server would make in a year. The Robot Restaurant offers a large menu of over 30 dishes. With a bright and inviting décor, the Robot Restaurant is definitely a fun place to eat.

The idea for the restaurant came from the success of a restaurant called Dalu Rebot Restaurant in Jinan. Dalu Rebot Restaurant opened in 2010 and has robots that resemble Star Wars androids that wander around.

The restaurant’s next endeavor is to have robots developed that can help with kitchen chores such as washing the dishes. They also hope to up upgrade their current server robots to be able to refill people’s drinks. Fortunately, even with all the robot workers, the food is still prepared by good old fashioned humans!

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