A new Japanese office building that opened earlier this month in Osaka is home to two dozen ginormous window-view elevators, the largest in Japan.
Each can hold 80 passengers and are 12 feet wide, 9 feet long and 8.5 feet high, with a floor space of about 102 square feet.
Japanese architecture is often notable for its smallness -- this is the country that invented the capsule hotel, after all. But the commodious elevator is a more efficient way to move large amounts of people.
They are operated as shuttles between Hankyu Department Store's Umeda store and several floors of offices, according to a press release [PDF].
The department store is located near one of Japan's largest train terminals, and the shops nearby are a popular destination, meaning the elevators will probably see much more traffic than the picture shown above.
The Japanese also want to be the first to elevate to space, so perhaps it makes sense they'd install an enormous one in a building first.
Ummmm.... Can you hit floor 62?
Yeah can you hit floor 102?
Please push 88 will ya?
Jesus man! I told you to hit 88.... come on really?
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The Japanese also want to be the first to elevate to space, so perhaps it makes sense they’d install an enormous one in a building first.
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I have a strange question. I'm traveling with my dog who uses an x-large kennel. I need to know the width of the elevator door opening in the international terminal. I was once in an airport in Japan and her kennel was probably a centimeter too wide and it got stuck while we were entering the elevator! I don't want this to happen again. Departures are on the top floor and we can't avoid the elevators. I am moving overseas and I can't just not bring her.
The elevators in the terminal are identical. That being said, all the elevators being used by the public will measure the same. So, get the width of ONE and you have the width of ALL of them. Thanks for being a jackhole, dude. You knew what I meant.
for god sake, use SI units! Who the hell uses the old IMPERIAL system ?
What the hell is with the link spam... They have nothing to do with the article, which I found mildly amusing, but with this crap, it's a buzz kill. And just get Wijien banned!
Amagine making love in that elivator. you could have a gang bang in there and still have room for the proods
weijian your an asshole stop with the spam
You are all jerks.
Also, Japan is so cool. They do the things I wish USA would do. But the Christians are holding this country back with their superstitions.
Why would anyone want to get into one of those? The loading/unloading time would be too much of a hassle. Unless everyone is going to the same floor, I bet people would avoid the big elevators in lieu of the traditional closet sized ones to save time.
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Loading hassles: Look again. Those doors are HUGE
"Ginormous"? Really, PopSci? (Writer should be fired... editor should be flogged.)
and suddenmischief should get a sense of humor
You don't approve of words in the dictionary?
^^^^^^^^^^ The preceding message, newgoing dot com is a Chinese site selling counterfeit goods...
Stopping on every floor doesn't sound that efficient to me.
Hey!!! Who cut the cheese???
Well at least I will have a valid reason why I am late. Sorry boss I was in the elevators for the past 20mins.
I'm agnostic and would rather surround myself with loving Christians than with hateful Atheists like yourself...
what the crap
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