We come across elevators every day, and their designs are generally functional but minimalist in design. There are designers out there who push the boundaries of elevator design and think outside the box. After all, who said elevators have to be boring?
The AquaDom; located at the Radisson Blue in Berlin-Mitte is an elevator unlike any you have seen before. Riding this elevator is an experience that people rarely forget; the transparent elevator is surrounded by a 25-metre tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium.
Opened in 2004, the AquaDom cost around 12.8 million euros. The acrylic cylindrical aquarium is the largest in the world, with a diameter of around 11 metres. The tank is filled with 1,000,000 litres of water and boasts an impressive 1,500 fish spanning 50 different species.
Sweden’s Skyview takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical attraction, the Ericsson Globe, giving you unparalleled views of the city of Stockholm. The 100-metre lift consists of two spherical cabins which take visitors to the top of the globe; a dizzying 130 metres above sea level.
Opened in February of 2010, within its first year of operation a whopping 160,000 people took a ride on the Skyview.
The tallest, oldest and fastest lift on our list; located at an altitude of 1,132 metres, the Hammetschwand Lift in Switzerland is the highest exterior elevator in Europe. This 111-year-old elevator boasts breath-taking views as it makes its 152-metre vertical climb in less than a minute. Definitely a must for any adrenaline junkies.
As the tallest man-made national monument in the U.S the Gateway arch stands at an astounding 630-feet tall. The trip in the tram takes four minutes to reach the top of the Arch, and three minutes to get back down.
At the top of the Arch, a clear day can allow for views of up to 30 miles in each direction across St. Louis.
It takes a serious team of lift installers to complete projects on such a grand and ambitious scale. But we’re glad they do; these aren’t just humble elevators, but events to add to your bucket list.