8 Urban Elevators That Bring Connectivity and Continuity to Cities





When working in an urban area with a complex topography, one of the biggest challenges is urban integration. Worldwide, many socially deprived neighborhoods are situated in complicated geographical locations surrounded by steep slopes. Such areas complicate mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and the elderly, with a lack of accessibility often excluding them from taking part in city life effectively.

In this context, urban elevators can be a novel solution which combine elements of both functional connectivity and sculpture. With some rising up to 30 meters in height, they become urban and touristic landmarks, creating new viewpoints and walkways. Additionally, in many cases, they can help to uphold the historic legacy of the city.

Below we have collected some interesting examples of urban elevators that have been key in the spatial planning of the urban environment.

New Access to  Gironella’s Historic Center / Carles Enrich


© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula

Urbanization and Urban Elevator in Galtzaraborda / VAUMM


      © Aitor Ortiz

      © Aitor Ortiz

      Accessible Ribadeo / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos


        © Santos Diez

        © Santos Diez

        Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten


          © Roger Frei

          © Roger Frei

          The Roman Walls of Lugo Elevator / Antonio Pernas Varela


              © Antonio Vázquez

              © Antonio Vázquez

              Urban Elevator in Echavaoiz / Ah Asociados


                © Image2 visualization studio

                © Image2 visualization studio

                Pfaffenthal Lift / STEINMETZDEMEYER


                © Boshua - Bohumil Kostohryz

                © Boshua – Bohumil Kostohryz

                Urban Elevator and Pedestrian Bridge / VAUMM


                Courtesy of VAUMM

                Courtesy of VAUMM

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