The Elevator Tower

[Images: Mitsubishi‘s new elevator testing tower in Japan].

Mitsubishi has opened a “test tower,” built for experimental new elevator designs and technologies. It’s “the world’s tallest elevator testing tower” – and it’s a functionalist monolith, standing at 567 feet.
It’s just one gigantic elevator shaft.
The building will be used “to conduct research into high-speed elevators to serve the next generation of super-tall buildings,” including stress tests on “new drives, gears, cables and other lift systems.”
I see at least one scene from Mission Impossible IV being filmed here – there’s some sort of world-destroying nuclear device hidden above that vertical maze of moving platforms and our hero’s got to find it… Or perhaps some future game world called Batman: Japan, in which the Caped Crusader lives and works entirely in various locations throughout the Japanese archipelago, burning incense and punching through Cor-Ten steel blocks in an underlit dōjō near the sea. One night he follows a lone criminal back to what looks like a vertical fortress… only it’s not a fortress: it’s this weird experimental elevator complex looming over him in the darkness.
He enters.
He hears machines.
Hijinks ensue.

9 thoughts on “The Elevator Tower”

  1. It’s interesting that there is a building for the sole purpose of circulation (vertical circulation in this case). Usually circulation is a mode of connecting purpose/program space. In this case, there is no purpose in the traditional sense, no destination. Just perfecting the art and science of movement.

  2. I’d rather see a piped transportation chamber, moving not only vertically, but horizontally as well. I’d be more fun.

  3. It looks like something that belongs in the elevator-centric novel The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead — a truly “pure” elevator shaft.

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