Elevators: Continuity & Enrichment of Architectural Experience in Times of Fictional Environment

Aleksey Gorilovsky
LiftEye, London

The elevator cars used in recent years tend to be more like closed transportation boxes than an element of the architectural experience. The limited stimulation experienced in a conventional elevator typically becomes an awkward interruption to the complex, with enriching experiences offered solely by the architecture of tall buildings. The glazed car brings an ideal solution to overcome that interruption, but is not feasible in most cases, associated with high extra costs. As a result, the elevator level indicators became the typical tool to inform the rider about current position, featured in some cases with artificial cartoons.

Realistic virtual elevator window systems designed to transform the passenger’s experience were released four years ago and are gradually occupying their own segment of advanced elevator features for a tall building. The technology, based on a precise calculation of every pixel, is capable of providing real time pictures of building surroundings, as well as augmented reality. The latest OLED monitor releases, combined with up-to-date software, delivers barely frameless, light-weight, whole-car wall displays. In this presentation, modern trends of visualization utilized in elevator cars from Tour Montparnasse, One World Trade Center, and more were compared.