Unique Design for a High Rise HQ Office Building

Adrian M Godwin

Monday 1st November 1993

‘Elevatoring’ high rise buildings calls for experience, knowledge of the latest technology and its potential, ability to model the traffic performance of proposed systems and sometimes ingenuity to respond to the special constraints of the architectural structure and building design. All of these factors and others impinge upon the ‘elevatoring’ solution. It is rare however for an ‘elevatoring’ solution to set new precedents in elevator system design. This paper however describes just such a solution which was one of several theoretical ones developed during 1992 for a proposed headquarters building in Frankfurt, Germany for the architects Sir Norman Foster & partners. The unique qualities of the design are highlighted by the need for new terminology to be developed and calculations to be carried out from first principles.

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