By the end of the century, approximately 68% of the global population will live in cities.
To accommodate this trend, and making cities the best ever places to live, building design will be changed. In future cities, people will have the desire to commute quickly, efficiently and safely. Key to this will be elevators.
Just as the creation of the telephone and computer completely changed the way we communicate, architects will be key to design and create buildings that once felt unimaginable to keep up with the rapid pace of continuous change needed to reinvent city infrastructure.
With MULTI, the sky is the limit as it gives architects the power to reshape the world for a greener and smarter future by:No more boundaries in height and shape of buildings. With MULTI, conventional elevator height limitations of around 600 meters are eliminated. Powered by linear motor technology the MULTI will be able to travel to new heights, pushing the limits of high-rise architecture to unprecedented levels. Not just connecting buildings but whole cities – just imagine a seamless journey from the minute you step out of an airport via a skybridge, where a MULTI cabin is already waiting, into the train station to get to the center of town, shopping mall and office without ever having to step outside.
Being a mechanical miracle, MULTI is also the intelligent backbone for smart buildings.Its powerful artificial intelligence is truly connected to a building, being able to forecast passenger flow and adapting its capacity to peak times automatically.
MULTI uses ropeless and linear drive technology. Put simply, this enables multiple cabins to be incorporated in a single loop of continuous movement. With a targeted speed of 6 mps this system will enable near-constant access to an elevator cabin every 15-30 seconds. Passengers will therefore benefit from reduced waiting times and ease of access in large and crowded buildings.
The unique and innovative exchanger allows MULTI to move in multiple directions. From vertical to horizontal and even inclined, MULTI is capable of exploring new ways and types of movements for elevators in and even between buildings.
Building on the basic principles of the Paternoster elevator that moves in a continuous loop, MULTI has the ability to recover energy from cars going down and immediately use that energy on the track where cars are going up. This will help make our buildings and cities smarter. As an additional feature should there ever be a power outage MULTI will store enough energy to bring cars to a secure destination putting passenger safety first.
It will use less energy to make our buildings more sustainable today and for future generations, and allow architects to completely rethink the shape and design of buildings they create.
The pioneering technology also has the power to make our cities smarter by moving goods as well as people around and transforming key urban services such as airports, metros and retail spaces and more.
One of the oldest and most integral parts of city infrastructure worldwide.
Metro stations are feeling the strain from rapidly increasing commuter numbers. MULTI technology could be added to existing complex routes built deep underground and literally open up new directions of travel to update and enhance the current networks for a speedier and less stressful commute.
MULTI could work hand-in-hand to give customers the very best impression of a new city they enter.
Limited, expensive and strained resources are at odds with mounting air passenger numbers who are set to double their number to 7.2 billion by 2035, according to IATA.Combining accelerating walkways to get you to your gate faster, passenger boarding bridges and intelligent gate systems that connect quicker, and a MULTI elevator to get your from the airport to office or tourist site quickly and hassle-free.
As hotels expand and become mini cities within their own rights, MULTI has the possibility to connect different areas of hotel spaces, or even sister hotels on multiple sites.
To ensure holidaymakers and business travelers can explore their home from home with minimal time waste. This could be extremely effective also in countries with extreme weather conditions to ensure guests never have to step outside during adverse conditions.
Imagine MULTI can whisk you into your office for the perfect start to the day.
A MULTI cabin can direct you to your first meeting seamlessly, help you prep for your next meeting with a personalized screen as you travel to the next meeting, and even help you plan the best time to visit the canteen when there are less queues.
MULTI is being constantly tested and evolved at our one-of-a-kind test research center in Rottweil, Germany.
246 meters high, containing Germany’s highest visitor platform and multiple shafts for testing and certifying our ropeless MULTI elevator system.
The first MULTI is being installed in Berlin at EDGE Technologies’s new East Side Tower which will be a key icon on Berlin’s skyline.
EDGE Technologies is already known for cutting-edge projects like The Edge in Amsterdam, renowned worldwide for earning the ‘world’s most sustainable office building’ title.
Urbanization requires new innovations and solutions. MULTI will become an integral part of the cities of the future, enabling passenger transportation not just within, but between buildings too. With Skybridges, interconnectivity between buildings will be lifted to a completely new level, enabling additional amenities for residents and tenants, advanced mobility between skyscrapers and more safety due to alternative escape routes.
MULTI has attracted much interest from future installations and won several awards including:
This award-winning technology is already gaining wide-spread interest from across the globe. Giving architects the power to completely reshape our cities, MULTI has the potential not just to connect buildings but whole cities. The ways MULTI can be used in design cover everything from high-rise building, interconnected buildings, airports, congress center and even ski areas.