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Old May 2nd, 2008, 04:15 AM   #1
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Unique lifts in tall structures

I was recently in Vegas and stayed in the pyramid at Luxor. The "elevators" within the pyramid are located at the four corners. The hotel calls them "inclinators" due to the slanted path they must take to reach the top floor. Using an inclinator gives one an odd feeling, because it will rock back and forth as it adjusts itself to remain level.

Another unusual type of lift can be found at the Gateway Arch in St Louis. This one consists of several small "pods" which ride on an arc-shaped track to the top. (They refer to the system as a "tram".) Like the Luxor's inclinators, the pods continously adjust themselves to remain level throughout the ascent. This one isn't for the claustrophobic; the pods are very confining, much like the small cages they use for spinning carnival rides. Only a few people fit into each pod.

What are some other specially-designed lifts?
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Old May 4th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #2
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The CN Tower here in Toronto has a glass window on the floor of the elevator!!! Guaranteed to make a few people squeamish. Here is a photo I took from the net by
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Old May 4th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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That elevator in the CN Tower would be absolutely terrifying for someone afraid of heights like myself.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #4
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Wow, this thing in Toronto is awesome but I would probably stand somewhat like this guy who took the photo - on this metal edge and not on the glass bc I am scared of heights as well although I really like tallest possible towers and views from the top of them .
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Old May 4th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #5
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which tower is that Taller/Better? not really the cn tower or?
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Old May 4th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #6
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Yes, it is the CN Tower... the glass floor was installed this year in the elevator! There has been a glass floor on the observation deck since the beginning, but the one in the elevator is new. I find it very hard to stand on the glass.. my brain tells me that it is safe, but every other sense I have tells me to keep the heck off that glass!!!
ps I was too afraid to go on the elevator on the St Louis Arch... just seemed it might be too claustrophobic for me.
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I was at the CN Tower not too long ago myself. At first, I was afraid to go on the skypod b/c I thought it would crack the second I set foot on it and I would fall, but I eventually walked on w/o being feared. As for the elevator shaft, I am not sure if it can withstand a plane crash into it, b/c concreted doesn't bend, it breaks according to van der Waals forces.
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Old May 6th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #8
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That elevator in the CN Tower would be absolutely terrifying for someone afraid of heights like myself.
I'm not even afraid of heights, but WOW....that looks frightening!
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Somebody needs to take a polisher to the floor glass to get rid of the scratches
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LOL! The floor would have to be ground down every week.. scratches on a glass floor are inevitable. The glass floor was just installed about a month or so ago.
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That picture is not of the CN Tower, but these are.



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Old May 7th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #13
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OMG! I stand corrected! You are so right, Marcanadian... that other tower is not the CN Tower. I was focusing on the glass floor and not the structure at the bottom!
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The CN Tower here in Toronto has a glass window on the floor of the elevator!!! Guaranteed to make a few people squeamish. Here is a photo I took from the net by
someone called tigerfang:

That's the Calgary Tower
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The CN Tower here in Toronto has a glass window on the floor of the elevator!!! Guaranteed to make a few people squeamish. Here is a photo I took from the net by
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this one is pretty scary! i bet ill be panicking once i take a peep at that glass window by that elevator
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Eureka Tower in Melbourne has a glass box that can be pushed out like a horizontal lift from the building for several metres. It's all glass so once the section is fully extended, you can see through top, left, right, and bottom. Best part of it is when you start off the glass is opaque and then it becomes all clear in an instant.
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A unique feature of the building is the external elevator shaft, sloped 14°, which connects the street level with one of the higher office floors with an elevator cabin travelling at 2.5 m/s. Apart from it, there are seven other straight-up elevator shafts in the building core.


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