How Emerging Technologies Have Improved Glass Elevators

Glass elevators deconstruct the traditional dark elevator shaft and add a modern design aesthetic that elevates the architectural details of a building. They make stunning impressions, both when you enter the building, as well as when ascending to the floors above. They enhance a space, adding an unexpected design element that combines superior functionality with sophistication.

With many designers and architects leaning towards minimalist designs, glass elevators offer a timeless elegance that works perfectly in commercial spaces. They also offer a calming effect in elegant hotel lobbies to help relax weary travelers. Because glass elevators can also blend seamlessly into the background, they work well in grand foyers, lobbies, and atriums where other design elements are meant to shine.

Glass can easily be combined with other interesting materials, with a special affinity to modern metals such as stainless steel. Technology has introduced new ways to improve glass elevators both in form and function with the following new trends:


· Improved Security Features: With applications in both residential and commercial buildings, technology offers improved security to limit access to authorized cardholders. For example, hotels apply security limits to guest cards so they can only get off on certain floors or access certain areas of the hotel. This makes buildings more secure as people are unable to exit the elevator without clearance. However, the technology can be applied using different modes of entry including fingerprint scanners, other biometric security tools, or keypad entry.


· Customizable technology: Glass elevators offer customizable technology including vacuum power. This allows elevators to operate with improved energy efficiency and can be combined with security features like those mentioned above. Because they don’t require rails and cables, they are also more cost-efficient because they take up less space, take less time to install and are easier to maintain.


· Destination control: Best used in high rise buildings with major traffic, destination control helps distribute passengers to make elevators operate more efficiently. The installation of multiple elevators group people based on their destinations and access to reduce wait and travel times.


· Lights and music: Improving passenger experience, programmable lighting and music systems turn on automatically when someone enters the cab. Sound systems are more advanced than the “muzak” machines of the past, adding a more sophisticated feel to the music played.


· LED Screens: LED screens are used for communication and entertainment purposes. Commercial spaces often allow for advertising to generate revenue.

· LED Lights: LED lights offer ideal illumination, while also having decorative benefits. Especially effective in glass elevators, colored lights can be used to create an impressive view for people below.


· Untraditional Panels: Glass elevator designs have become more edgy offering customized detailing that appeals to architects. Less traditional panels are being used as a design element such as the innovative bubble elevators at the newly renovated Pacific Place in Hong Kong. Buttons are placed on the curved bronze handrail forming a band running midway between the floor and ceiling.

As glass elevators remain a cornerstone of modern architecture, technology helps improve their functionality, offering a more pleasurable ride.