Types of Elevators Design Functionality And Purpose

The world of architecture is experiencing a Renaissance boom of new, modern and even a bit weird concepts. Elevators, on that note, are part of the movement, combining the beauty of the design with the beauty of the mechanics. Bringing the best of both worlds, these elevators will shoot you to the top of the tallest building in the world and will let you gaze into an endless skyline of industrial and natural beauty.

An elevator, according to the world’s largest internet encyclopedia, is a type of vertical transportation that transfers goods or people between levels, floors or decks.

1.    Smart Elevators

Smart elevators are very much like the standard ones, but… well, smarter. The idea behind a “smart” device or a transportation method of this sort is to move people or goods faster, lighter, and by providing a more minimalistic approach in terms of hardware and functionalities that are available to the user.

2.    Designer Elevators

Designers sure do step up on their elevator game when it comes to implementing new and modern ideas into a functional mechanism. There are some pretty amazing lifts – with rounded glass walls, covered in gold, and some that are have non-typical elevator shape. Although the main purpose of the elevator is to move people or goods up and down, some designs do aim to impress first.

3.    Eco Elevators

Just as pretty much every industry that involves the exchange of physical goods, the elevator industry has adopted newer and greener practices. These good practices correspond with the eco standards everyone is trying to follow. A recent study showed that the total amount of buildings worldwide is consuming about 40% of the world’s electricity. In that statistics, elevators account for between 2% and 10% of the building’s total energy usage. An elevator can be considered green when the materials which have been used for its development, and the energy that it consumes while functioning, are eco-friendly. In other words – the interior and exterior parts are non-toxic to the surrounding environment or have been recycled, and the energy is probably coming from a self-sufficient source, such as an HVAC system with air-side economizers, for example.

4.    Industrial Elevators

Industrial lifts usually serve as a lifting mechanism for industrial goods. Those lifts are being designed to withstand heavy duty and commercial use elements, and are often used as a temporary solution for projects that are soon to be finished or currently under construction. Industrial elevators’ design is far from being elegant or modern, but what is absolutely mandatory is to meet safety and IP codes in order to function without restrictions.

5.    Service Elevators

Service elevators, or freight elevators, have one simple function – they transport heavy goods or have a special purpose. An example of a service elevator is the wide lift that hospitals use to transport patients between floors. Another example of a service lift is the dumbwaiter type that aims to transport dishes between levels while reducing the average servicing time.