More and more people are moving from the countryside to cities. Over 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050.
A report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that cities will need to construct floor space equivalent to 85 percent of all of today’s residential and commercial building stock by 2025, making this one of the greatest challenges of our time.
How can we move people from A to B as quickly, efficiently, safely, and comfortably as possible? The thyssenkrupp Test Tower in Rottweil will provide solutions to this problem from 2016.
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Rottweil is a quaint little German town just south of the fabled Black Forest along the Neckar River.
Visitors come from all over Europe to experience the outward beauty of Rottweil, the „Town of Towers“ and find an internal wealth of art galleries and cultural offerings as well. Now, they will also be coming for the best view in Germany.
Rottweil is the site for a new and advanced elevator test tower which will complement the historic gabled rooftops and towers of the old town. thyssenkrupp Elevator chose Rottweil after an exhaustive search, in part because of its close proximity to roughly 10,000 engineering university students, the technology park in Neuhausen, the R&D center in Pliezhausen, and major transportation networks nearby.
By investing over €40 million, thyssenkrupp highlights the crucial importance of the region. Together with the elevator plant in Neuhausen auf den Fildern, which is currently being redeveloped into a technology park, the planned Test Tower turns Rottweil into a highly modern innovation workshop for elevator technology; with a total of over 1,500 employees.
The tower has a light and elegant appearance, despite its imposing height. Architects Helmut Jahn and Werner Sobek are using a cover made from fiberglass fabrics to hide the concrete shaft. The cover is closely meshed at the bottom, but gradually begins to reveal more of the tower as it goes up and reflects light differently, depending on the time of day and year. As a result, the appearance of the tower changes with the weather and the seasons.
The 246-meter construction will test and certify innovations in elevator technology and thereby contribute to dramatically reducing the development time required for future skyscrapers and those currently under construction all over the world. With 12 test shafts and travel speeds of up to 18 meters per second, the tower offers unprecedented possibilities to meet the challenges ahead. Three shafts are dedicated to testing the revolutionary, cable-less MULTI elevator system.
The region surrounding the research and development tower is home to one of the most prominent structures in southern Germany. The country’s highest public visitor platform is perched at 232 meters and offers a 360-degree panoramic view, making it one of the biggest attractions for tourists visiting Baden-Württemberg.
As a structure of the technological age, the tower represents thyssenkrupp’s state-of-the-art engineering. It is also an important landmark in Rottweil, bearing relation to its historic medieval steeples and defense towers
See for yourself how the concrete column measuring 21 meters in diameter grows by around 3.6 meters every day, or watch how the crane is raised. Come directly to the Berner Feld location in Rottweil or book a tour. More …
thyssenkrupp Elevator is responsible for the global activities of the thyssenkrupp Group in the passenger transportation Business Unit. With €7.2 billion in sales in the 2014/2015 fiscal year and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator is one of the world’s leading elevator companies.
WE, thyssenkrupp Elevator, have already been present at the research and business center in Baden-Württemberg for many years with our elevator factory in Neuhausen auf den Fildern.
Some €81 million has been invested into the redevelopment into a cutting-edge technology park. By constructing the test and development tower, we are able to supply pre-tested systems that represent the cutting edge in technology for the tallest buildings in the world.