Mostly, passenger elevators have become so much a part of our everyday lives we rarely think about how truly extraordinary is the technology that inspires their design. Elevators have inspired skyscrapers and continue to motivate designers towards more outstanding design and luxurious experience for humans intent on rising up to meet the challenges of the day.
At some time or another every one of us will have the need to use a lift. The passenger lift has allowed buildings to move upwards instead of being limited at a certain number of storeys, after all there are only a certain amount of flights of stairs you can climb to reach your humble abode. The passenger lift has allowed construction to go up as there is much more space available in the air than on the ground these days with an ever increasing population. Not only has it allowed for development of multi-storey offices, shopping centres and homes it also means that less able bodied people are not restricted in where they are able to go.
A Quick Journey
Humans tend to be obsessed with time. We are considered tardy if we arrive late, thought of as wasteful if we spend too much time on a task. And for most of us, it's natural to want any time in a confined space like an elevator to be limited. No wonder then, that increasing the speed of passenger elevators is a constant focus of innovation, with many engineers coming up with grand plans. It is possible these days for elevators to be so fast they race through an elevator shaft at a rate of 3,313 feet per minute.
Comfort and a Smooth Ride
Elevating a passenger's level of comfort in a multi-level journey is the priority of experience designers. Introducing melodic music to passenger elevators in 1889 encouraged first-time passengers to trust elevators would keep them safe, distracting their attention and providing comfort. In today's high speed elevators, buffers in the lift shaft, improved car structure and low friction hoisting ensure a smooth ride.
Creating a dreamy experience in a passenger elevator strongly depends on lofty ideas. Once the basics of comfortable acceleration and safety are satisfied, passengers look to functional finishes and control panels that will enhance their experience in multiple journeys. Sleek glass and polished metal finishes create a great first impression and provide durable performance.