This blog usually has in-home residential elevators in mind, but from time to time, I like to look at more extreme, out of the box lift systems. I do this partly because these elevators are incredibly intriguing and also because custom elevators have become more commonplace in homes all over the world. The elevators I will be talking about are from a recent National Geographic list naming the top ten elevator rides in the world. Obviously, the heights reached in these lifts probably aren’t possible in your home, but here are some of my favorites from the list (in case you happen to travel):
Taipei 101 – This elevator, located in Taiwan, just happens to be in the tallest building in the world. This building not only features a remarkable number of elevators (67, according to the list) but also has the fastest elevators in the world. On top of this, the Taipei 101 building also features two floor elevators that open on two floors simultaneously. Now that’s one cool ride.
Eiffel Tower – This may seem like an obvious choice, but France’s penultimate tower still gives thousands of tourists and citizens the view of a lifetime. One fact that the article mentions is how Gustave Eiffel’s original elevator engines are still running in the basement of the structure – after some obvious reconstruction and modernization.
CN Tower – Toronto’s spectacular skyscraper has some dazzling views for anyone willing to risk their dignity. The lift cabins, featuring glass fronts so you can view your ascension, will get you up to the first observation deck in under a minute. Up 33 more floors, you can check out the next level of observation. According to the article, the bravest riders can go up to almost 1500 ft in the Skypod, but you’ll need an extra ticket!