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How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller

How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller
How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller, KONE UltraRope Elevator Shaft. Image Courtesy of Kone/Splash/Corbis
KONE UltraRope Elevator Shaft. Image Courtesy of Kone/Splash/Corbis

The sky is not always the limit when it comes to building vertically - rather, elevator technology is often the restricting factor when it comes to skyscraper height. With current technology, a single elevator can travel approximately 500m before the weight of the rope becomes unsupportable. This means that ascending a mile-high (1.6km) tower would require changing elevators up to 10 times. However, UltraRope, a recently unveiled technology by Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE, may change the heights of our cities. A new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel up to one kilometer, UltraRope doubles the distance that is currently possible.

In an article for The Guardian, “The new lift technology that will let cities soar far higher,” Rory Hyde looks at the current limitations of elevator technology, how its development over the years has shaped our cities and the impact that UltraRope could have skyscraper design. Read the whole piece, here

Cite: Katie Watkins. "How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller" 06 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/534261/how-new-elevator-technology-will-allow-our-cities-to-grow-even-taller/> ISSN 0719-8884
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