Future Flexibility in Vertical Transportation – The Key to Tall Excellence

Session: B: Sophisticated Density: an Update on TODs, Mobility and the Idea of Mixed-Use

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Florian Troesch
Head Transit Management & Digital Solutions, Schindler
Zurich

Schindler has spent many years studying vertical urbanism and developing the tools to assist our customers in optimizing it. What is clear is that today’s ideal may not be tomorrow’s, meaning that the only pathway to a genuine “ideal building” is via a design that allows flexibility of both features and function.

Schindler PORT 4D is a system that, among many other things, allows the addition of features undreamed of at building inception by providing a unique interfacing system between the installed equipment and future developments by either Schindler or third parties. This is an important step, but to be excellent, a tall building must have the ability to easily reconfigure its functionality over time, and for that, a different approach to elevator design is critical. This is because, typically, each functional area of the building, such as a hotel or office complex, has a purpose-built elevator system configured to serve it. This means that any attempt to reconfigure the building will inevitably lead to very high costs in terms of both equipment and building work.

Schindler is proposing a bold solution to the tall building flexibility problem. Using the unique guidance and security features of PORT 4D, a general-purpose elevator solution may be defined, where one group of elevators provides service to all functions in the building, in such a way that each perceives a set of exclusive elevators operating from an exclusive lobby. This allows a floor to be quickly re-assigned with minimal disruption, and truly delivers the flexibility of functionality, which will be the hallmark of an excellent tall building of the future and a new urban “normal.”