An Elevator That Goes Every Which Way

ThyssenKrupp’s Multi won’t be your average elevator beholden to a life of ups and downs. To debut soon in a Berlin residential tower, the Multi forgoes cables for strong magnetic levitation (the same technology found in high-speed trains). This means that the elevator cars will float along hoistway guide rails in all directions—even diagonally. They aren’t going to be super-fast—moving (at a reliable 1,000 to 1,400 feet per minute) but they will be quite efficient as the cable-free system allows for many more stacked cars. Perhaps most fascinating here: this frees architects, who have long had to build mega-towers around elevator shafts (which take up roughly 40% of a building’s core). Learn more about the incredible technology at Wired.