We usually don’t think much about elevators in our daily life, but the fact that they’re an important part of our lives cannot be denied. Elevators have a huge impact on modern design and architecture, and they have played a major role in shaping the present world. It is due to this machine that we are able to move between multiple stories quickly regardless of weight. Elevators have changed the way we travel within buildings that we encounter in our daily life. Think about all the elevators you travel in every day as you go to work, malls, school, and vacations etc. And now think what would you do if elevators didn’t exist. Going from ground floor all the way up to the top floor, using stairs. Even the thought of it is a bit scary especially if you think of a building with over ten stories. But the good news is: you don’t have to worry at all because luckily the elevators are here to save our day (and our time and energy of course!)
    Travelling up and down the buildings in an elevator may be a part of your everyday life, but you may be unaware of the interesting facts about them that we’re sharing below. These facts will definitely that will change the way you think about these machines.


      • There an about 325m elevator rides each day
      • The average user uses an elevator 4 times a day daily
      • Each elevator carries about 20,000 users every year
      • All elevators together, carry the equivalent of world’s pollution every 3 days.
      • There were 24 elevators in Roman Coliseum that were operated manually by more than 200 slaves.
      • The first commercial building elevator was installed in the New York City in a nine-story building.
      • Elevators are statistically proven are the safest way to travel
      • Elevators have proven to be 20 times safer than escalators.
      • The first elevator with manual user control was installed in Marriot, NYC.
      • Despite the risks of free-falling or getting stuck in an elevator, traveling in an elevator is said to be safer than travelling in a care. On average, 26 people die every year in an elevator related accident (mostly the technicians and not the users), whereas 26 people die every hour in a car related accident.
      • Ever thought when the elevator music came into existence? Back in 1920s, when the elevators were still new to people, users were fearful of travelling in such primitive machine. The elevator manufacturers, hotels, and offices came up with the idea of relaxing music in elevators to calm the passengers so that they feel more comfortable. The relaxing music is still used in some elevators today.
      • Each elevator is supported by several cables and each of that cable has the ability to carry the entire elevator and passengers safely.
      • A cable hoisted elevator can travel up to a maximum altitude of 1700 ft.
      • The door close button in elevators is a placebo button and does not close the door faster. It is made for the passengers to feel as if they have control over their elevator journey.
      • Since 1990’s, the elevator manufacturers have eliminated the door close function from most elevators as they close automatically.
      • The first simple elevator was invented by the mathematician Archimedes in 3rd century BC Greece.
      • Number 13 is considered as unlucky in many countries; therefore, a lot of buildings do not have 13th floor in their floor plans. Due to this reason, elevators installed in many buildings do not have 13 button (85% buildings approx. as estimated by Otis Elevator Company).

          • The St. Louis Gateway Arch
          • AquaDom Elevator in Berlin that runs through the largest cylindrical fish aquarium in the world.
          • The Lacerda Elevator in Brazil that transports about 900,000 people every month and considered as the busiest elevator in the world.
          • The Umeda Hankyu Building Elevators in Osaka, Japan (Each of the five elevators transport up to 80 passengers)
          • The Hammetschwand Elevator in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, considered as Europe’s largest outdoor elevator.
          • The Bailong elevator in Hunan, China, considered as the tallest glass elevator in the world.
          • The Luxor Hotel elevator in Las Vegas that runs diagonally at a 29-degree angle up the pyramid.