Let's take a look at the most amazing elevators on our planet.
Taipei 101 (Taiwan). The world’s fastest elevator is installed at Taipei 101. The Taipei 101 is 1667-ft., 101-storey building and has 67 elevator units, including two that service the 89th-floor observation deck and qualify as the world’s fastest. These rockets skyward at a peak speed of 3,314 ft. per minute (fpm), more than 800 fpm faster than the previous record holder in Japan’s Yokohama Landmark Tower. By comparison, an airline pilot normally maintains a climb, or descent rate, of no more than 1000 fpm.
Bailong Elevator (China). This controversial 326 metre high elevator takes you up the side of one of the many enormous cliffs in Zhangjiajie, China. It is claimed to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. The Bailong Elevator has set three Guinness world Records – World’s tallest full-exposure outdoor elevator, world’s tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator and world’s fastest passenger traffic elevator with biggest carrying capacity. However, the future of this elevator is uncertain as officials claim that the elevator is causing environmental issues.
Louvre Elevator (France). At the push of a button, the elevator inside the Louvre, Paris rises to the occasion. Sometimes sticking with technology like hydraulics is better, and this lift proves it. That’s not all, a slide-out walkway appears once the circular platform comes to a rest for guests to board/disembark.
Eiffel Tower (France).
Due to the shape of the Eiffel tower’s curved legs the addition of elevators was at first seen as too difficult a job by many engineers. Nothing like it had been attempted. These days there are duo-lift elevators running up and down each of the four legs, one of those legs selfishly reserved for customers of the restaurant at the top of the tower.
Luxor Inclinator Elevator (Nevada). In Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Luxor Hotel, is the Inclinator. The shape of this casino is a pyramid. Therefore, the elevator travels up the side of the pyramid at a 39 degree angle. Although people refer to this “inclined elevator” as an inclinator, this is incorrect. An inclinator is a stairlift developed by Inclinator Company of America many years ago. Therefore the Luxor installation is just Otis Elevator’s version of a generic “Inclined Elevator”.
Oregon City Municipal Elevator (Oregon). This one is unique because it’s the only outdoor municipal elevator in the United States. What’s more, there are only four in the whole world. The elevator connects two neighborhoods in Oregon City; people used to rely on stairways built into the cliffs until the first elevator was made in 1915. That one was water-powered and it took three minutes for a one-way ride. The new (and current) elevator was dedicated in 1955. The observation deck at the top lets viewers check out views of Willamette Falls, the Oregon City Bridge and the Abernethy Bridge.