Five Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Elevators
An elevator has had one of the most significant impacts on the design of modern architecture and enabled some of the most well-known skylines across the globe. The ability to move groups of people (and goods) rapidly across multiple levels, without significant limitations on weight or speed, has transformed the way we live, work, and travel.So while the average elevator may be part of your day-to-day, have a read of these five interesting facts and see if they help you start a conversation when you’re sharing a ride with a friendly stranger or colleague one day:
Excluded for premium luxury
It might seem like a normal way to start your day, but catching an elevator was a premium luxury excluded for those who could truly afford it. Given this, the first modern elevators were in the lobbies of large-scale hotels. The world’s first passenger elevator was installed in a New York City hotel in 1857. Elevators remained exclusive to hotels until the 1870s, when technology finally moved into office buildings, allowing businesses to grow up instead of spreading out and using more land space.
Not just a service, but an extra room
Early elevators were considered “movable rooms” to offices and hotels. Rather than plain and sleek interiors, they featured chandeliers and carpeting. Passengers sat on the luxury furniture provided and got comfortable before being moved onto another floor.
The elusive ground floor
The adoption of the elevator radically changed how people arranged multi-story buildings. Before the elevator, the top levels of a home would be reserved for the servants or low-rent tenants, while the big league executives or CEOs lived on the easily accessible lower floors, which didn’t require flights of stairs. Once elevators remedied this hassle, the rich moved to the top of buildings to enjoy the views, pushing the lower class to the ground floors.
Safer than its competitor
Even though there are twenty times more elevators than escalators in the world, they experience only a third of the accidents, making them twenty times safer.
You may have noticed large corporate buildings asking you to specify which level you’re travelling to before boarding an elevator. This is formally known as “destination dispatch”, a system directing groups of people travelling to the same floors. This has been one of the biggest innovation of the elevator system, helping to further save time and disruption. The New York Marriott was the first to introduce this smart elevator system, aiming to avoid the hassle of waiting.
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