German engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp has made Willy Wonka-style elevator design a reality. The company constructed a 246 meters high test tower and refining the technology that would allow multiple cars to move vertically and horizontally in a single shaft using a magnet-based drive system. The test tower, located in Rottweil, Germany, contains 12 shafts that can test elevator speeds up to 10 meters per second and three dedicated shafts especially designed for certifying the new cable-free elevator system.The Multi system replaces cables with linear motors that allow vertical as well as horizontal travel results more cabins to travel along single shafts, and offers architects entirely new possibilities to form new shapes of building design.
It is estimated that this Multi system reduces elevator cabin weight by up to 50 percent and allows them to travel along smaller shafts more efficiently. A building would require fewer elevator shafts, be able to run more cabins simultaneously by running along looping pathways. The system could increase a building’s usable area by up to 25 percent. The building is due for completion in 2019. Take a look at the Multi in the video below.