Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

By Sarah Zhang on at

If you've ever walked around in a hilly city, you've probably done your share of avoiding uphill paths. Hills have a way of carving dividing lines into a city. In Pamplona, Spain, two neighbourhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor lift, or elevator.

The elevator would replace what is now a precarious set of ramps and stairs, making it accessible to more pedestrians and cyclists. The design by AH Asociados comes out of a pedestrian mobility study commissioned by the city of Pamplona.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Its steel skin and structure deliberately echo an urban skyline. The lone elevator is a skyscraper distilled to its very core—it's safe to say there would be no skyscraper with no elevator—a piece of city infrastructure rising out of a natural hill.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Outdoor elevators elsewhere have made it possible to easily ascend to the heights.

The architects Vaumm designed this outdoor elevator in northern Spain, for example, so that communities on the valley floor were able to expand up into the mountains.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Or take this incredible 20-storey outdoor elevator that takes visitors up to the fortified walls of Malta's capital, Valletta.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

And there's the dizzying Hammetschwand Lift, Europe's tallest outdoor elevator at 2,800 feet (853 metres). Located at Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland, it has stunning view of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

Seen a stunning outdoor elevator yourself? Tell us in the comments!

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