Think you’ve got floors? This walkable building has another idea for elevators

Not every building has an elevator. That can be stressful. Not if a building is “walked.” What is this truly great innovation? With a diagonal arc making its way around the building. Here’s what…

Think you’ve got floors? This walkable building has another idea for elevators

Not every building has an elevator.

That can be stressful. Not if a building is “walked.”

What is this truly great innovation? With a diagonal arc making its way around the building.

Here’s what this concept looks like:

Guangzhou-based Yutong Imagine Holding Company and Shanghai Fosun International reached an agreement to develop this concept, which is now under construction. Set to open in 2025, the building will use the same lift and stairs method used in traditional traditional architecture to coordinate across levels, elevator services and space. The design, set on a 17.3-acre plot in Shanghai’s North Kent neighborhood, includes the modules of the building with the walk support structure.

The technology will draw inspiration from traditional Chinese “tungbun,” or “land structuring.” A tungbun building divides a flat surface into slotted space to accommodate changing plans and elevators. Two alignment lines meet at the relevant height to create a rail structure, which surrounds all floors of the building.

Adding to the concept’s convenience is the building’s interior proximity to a proposed rail terminal, a number of bike sharing facilities and a planned subway station.

An engineering model of the building is currently being developed by the construction teams. Once the design is finalized, the designers will take over final design work.

The building is intended to address the city’s demand for growth while maintaining an attractive footprint, and provide residents with a creative lifestyle that promotes livability and efficiency, according to Yutong Imagine Holding Company.

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