Category: Building technology

Without elevators, skyscrapers could not grow into the clouds like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 828 m the tallest skyscraper in the world. Thyssenkrupp Elevator now wants to test new types of high-speed elevators in a new test tower in the USA. They shoot up to 18 m / s. Make skyscrapers even higher.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator is building a new headquarters in Atlanta, USA. A spectacular eye-catcher is a 128-meter-high elevator tower. In it, thyssenkrupp wants to be flanked: the highest of its kind in the US and one of the highest in the world.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator is building a new headquarters in Atlanta, USA. A spectacular eye-catcher is a 128-meter-high elevator tower. In it, thyssenkrupp wants to be flanked: (more…)

Why do we still need roller blinds and shutters when a window can do it all by itself? A research team from the US has developed such a Smart Window, which offers both psychological and tangible economic benefits.

Stanford University engineers have developed a smart window that automatically darkens, depending on the light conditions, in no time at all.

Stanford University engineers have developed a smart window that can be used as an instrument depending on the light conditions automatically darkens – in no time.

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Who does not know: Outside, the midday sun creates (more…)

The maxim “Higher, faster, farther” does not stop at elevators. We searched for the world’s fastest elevator systems and are astonished by facts like these: The world’s fastest elevator is not installed in the tallest building in the world. And it’s so nimble that a technician always has to go with it.

The world's ten fastest elevators

The higher the buildings, the more elevators the elevators must travel

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The world's ten fastest elevators

Burj Khalifa in Dubai: At 828 m the (more…)

Thyssenkrupp Elevator has reinvented the elevator: it’s called “Multi”, it drives without rope and not only up and down, but also sideways. The technology of the maglev Transrapid is used for this. The revolutionary elevator will be installed for the first time in Berlin’s East Side Tower.

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator, presents the new Multi lift system in Rottweil in the test tower. The presented new elevators are transported by magnetic levitation technology.

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator, presents the new Multi lift system in Rottweil in the test tower. The presented new elevators are transported by magnetic levitation (more…)

This inconspicuous climate ceiling has it all: in just a few minutes, it provides a pleasant room climate and requires up to 70% less energy than a conventional air conditioning system , And the Fraunhofer engineers promise: Drafts and condensation do not exist either.

The new, illuminated cooling elements reduce the perceived temperature in a room within just three minutes. In addition to tempering and lighting, the modular system also improves the room acoustics.

The innovative, illuminated cooling elements reduce the perceived temperature in a room within just three minutes. In addition to tempering and lighting, the modular system also improves the room acoustics. (more…)

Radiators do not look pretty. You should not even notice them in the apartment. A Berlin start-up has now invented a surprising alternative: the invisible heater – hidden in the window.

Here it is nice and warm - and that does not come from the sunshine: The startup Vestaxx integrated Heating systems in windows. For this purpose, the inside of the window is provided with a wafer-thin conductive metal layer and a control system is integrated into the frame.

But here it is warm – and that does not come from the sunshine: The Vestaxx startup integrates heating systems in windows. For this purpose, the inside of the window is provided with a wafer-thin conductive metal layer and a control system integrated into the frame.

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With counter-sound, low frequencies, against which even double windows are powerless, can be effectively damped. Now it has been possible to develop novel loudspeakers that can be concealed in the window frame with their electronics.

Fighting Noise with Noise: A miniature loudspeaker that generates counter-noise and fits into window frames Fraunhofer researchers developed. The device, which only measures 20 cm in length, reduces aircraft noise by half, for example.

Fighting Noise with Noise: Fraunhofer researchers have developed a miniature loudspeaker that generates counter-noise and fits into window frames. The device, which only measures 20 cm in length, reduces aircraft noise by half, for example. (more…)

Final spurt in the construction of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg: While the construction cranes have disappeared, now acousticians and organ builders have taken over the scepter. Currently the organ is being installed with 4765 organ pipes. The acoustics of the house should set standards. At the opening concert it will be shown if the engineers will keep what they have calculated.

The cranes are gone: The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is nearing completion. The big concert hall is currently being equipped with a gigantic organ.

The cranes are gone: the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is nearing completion. Currently (more…)

A window that can be folded out to become a mini-balcony: this idea was put into action by the Argentine architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia , The technology is astounding: the window can be pushed outward – and you can “sit down” and enjoy the view.

This spectacular window by Argentine architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia is like to fold an accordion outwards. Then you can lie down and enjoy the view. Thought is the window for skyscrapers.

This spectacular window by Argentine architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia folds out like an accordion. Then you can lie down and enjoy the view. Thoughtful is the window for skyscrapers.

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The Tempelhof Palace in Baden-Württemberg is the site of Germany’s first Earthship – an ecological house with walls made of car tires that provides itself with energy. Inventor of the autarkic living concept is the American Michael Reynolds.

Earthship by Michael Reynolds: The self-sufficient houses made from recycled materials are made all over the world.

Earthship by Michael Reynolds: The self-sufficient houses made from recycled materials are made all over the world.

Photo: Earthship Biotecture

Schloss Tempelhof builds Germany's first Earthship

Photo: Earthship Biotecture

Schloss Tempelhof builds Germany's first Earthship

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