One of the most memorable scenes from the movie ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ is towards the end when Willy Wonka takes Charlie in his magic elevator that not only goes up and down, but also side to side.  Imagine if lifts could do that for real?

The first elevator was introduced to the world in 1854. There was no significant change when it came to lifts for the next 150 years. In 2003 ‘twin elevators’ entered the market. That means a lift with two cabins  that move independently in one shaft.

Today, Thysenkrupp has brought that Willy Wonka fantasy to life under the name of the ‘Multi Elevator’.  The Multi Elevator does not only move vertically, but also horizontally.

The Thyssenkrupp website states –  ‘Without the use of cables, MULTI runs on a multi-level brake system and inductive power which transfers from shaft to cabin. The system requires smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can increase a building’s usable area by up to 25%. This is particularly important considering current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40% of a building’s floor space, depending on the building height. The overall increase in efficiency also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings and increased rent revenues from the greater availability of usable space

Remember, when people were skeptical about the walkway at the airports? ‘Who would be that lazy that they need a flat walkway?’ Turns out almost all of us have been thankful for this invention at one time or other. .

This is a new era of mobility in buildings. No more changing elevator when you want to get from your room to the roof-top bar. For hotels that are connected with subway stations or shopping malls, the Multi Elevator will be the ultimate experience you can offer to guests. No more changing elevator or going out of the hotel building!

The test tower will be completed at the end of this year at Thyssenkrupp Elevator AG (Headquarters), Essen, Germany.

Take a first look at the preview of the Multi Elevator here

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