Skyscrapers are getting taller and taller every year and we are yet to define a limit for how high we can build. Living or working in these buildings is made possible by various technology integrations, one of which is elevators. These buildings are equipped with multiple high-speed elevators, which allow fast movement of men and material. Without these high-speed elevators, it would be difficult to imagine living in these super tall structures.
The next question that comes to mind is how fast these elevators travel. Well, to answer that, here’s a quick look at some buildings that have the fastest elevators in the world.
Lotte World Tower – The tallest skyscraper in South Korea and the fifth highest across the globe, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul became operational in 2017. With 125 storeys to tackle, the tower has been equipped with a double-decker elevator named as the Sky Shuttle. It is currently one of the fastest double-deck elevators in the world, capable of travelling around 22 mph (approx. 35 km/h). With its fast speed, the elevator can reach the 121st floor from first floor in just around a minute’s time.
Burj Khalifa – One of the most iconic structures in the Arab world and globally as well, Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, was inaugurated in 2010. Measuring 828 meters and with 163 floors, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. To make movement possible, the building is serviced by 57 high speed elevators. These are capable of travelling at 22.5 mph (approx. 36 km/h).
Yokohama Landmark Tower – The fourth tallest structure in Japan, the Yokohama Landmark Tower is located at Yokohama city. The building is 296.3 meters in height and is primarily a commercial complex with hotels, restaurants, offices and shops. It may not be counted among the tallest structures in the world, but the Yokohama Landmark Tower is widely known for its high-speed elevators that can travel at 28 mph (45 km/h).
Taipei 101 – Located in Taipei, Taiwan, Taipei 101 was once the tallest building in the world. The building became operational in 2004 and as the name suggest, it has 101 floors. The building is serviced by special double-deck elevators that have been developed and installed by Japanese Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC). The elevator can reach fastest speed of 37.7 mph (approx. 61 km/h).
Shanghai Tower – The second tallest building in the world, Shanghai Tower measures 632 meters and has 128 storeys. It was completed in 2015 and opened to public the next year. The building is equipped with several high-speed elevators, three of which are ultra-high speed shuttle elevators. In its report published by Mitsubishi, the company said that one of these elevators has recorded speed of 46 mph (73.8 km/h). This made it the fastest elevator in the world.