April 28, 2014 3:35 pm

95 floors in 43 seconds: Hitachi to build world’s fastest elevator

Hitachi is building the world's fastest elevator, to be completed in 2016.

Kohn Pederson Fox

Hitachi is building the world’s fastest elevators in Guangzhou, China.

The 530-metre-high Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre, set to be completed in 2016, will have 95 elevators, two of them capable of achieving speeds of 72 kilometres an hour. That’ll get you to the 95th floor in about 43 seconds.

It will also include 28 double-deck elevators, 13-high speed elevators and 52 medium and low speed elevators.

But Hitachi promises you won’t get motion sick.

What Hitachi would like to achieve in this fast elevator are, “technologies to prevent lateral vibration and to reduce the sensation of ear blockage caused by air pressure differences,” said Hitachi in a press release.

Over the years, Hitachi has been developing elevators to satisfy growing buildings.  In 1968, Hitachi created the most- fastest elevator in Japan at the time, with a speed of 300 miles per minute.

Hitachi said in its press release the company will, “continue working to develop elevators offering various forms of added value, in order to support the construction of taller and larger buildings.”

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