World’s first cable-less, horizontal elevator in latest OVG project

World’s first cable-less, horizontal elevator in latest OVG project

The world’s first cable-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI, was unveiled during the launch event in Rottweil, Germany today. The very first of this elevator system, developed by thyssenkrupp, will be installed in OVG Real Estate’s new project, East Side Tower Berlin. OVG is known around the world for developing The Edge, the world’s most sustainable office building.

OVG and thyssenkrupp celebrated their collaboration by unveiling one of the most forward-thinking innovations. MULTI is the world’s first cable-less and sideways-moving elevator system. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, the MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in a loop, like a metro system inside a building. Without the use of cables, MULTI runs on a multi-level brake system and on inductive power, which transfers from shaft to cabin. Additionally, since MULTI can move sideways as well as vertically, and without any height limitations, it enables unprecedented possibilities in the architecture and design of buildings.  

The world premiere also announces the leading European real estate business developer OVG Real Estate as thyssenkrupp’s first partner and first customer of the MULTI elevator system. Coen van Oostrom, CEO OVG Real Estate, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with thyssenkrupp and to have the very first MULTI installed in our latest project, East Side Tower Berlin. The building – adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Arena and neighbor to Warschauer Strasse – is set to become a new landmark on the Berlin skyline. What drives OVG is continuous innovation in smart technology, sustainability and well-being, which keeps our company one step ahead of the rest. The forward-thinking new technology that MULTI brings to our flagship project, is a perfect fit for us.”

Nearly 200 representatives of the building industry were due to convene at the event, including high profile developers, architects and engineers from around the globe. Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator, also attended and said this about the launch: “We believe MULTI is a genuine game-changer that will truly transform the way people move, work and live in our built environment. It will reduce waiting times for passengers and take up significantly less space within the building. MULTI is a key offering that truly represents a landmark revolution in the elevator industry.”

MULTI can achieve up to 50% higher transport capacity and reduce peak power demand by as much as 60% when compared to conventional elevator systems. These two factors mean a dramatic improvement for high-rise buildings. MULTI also requires less and smaller shafts than conventional elevators and can increase the building’s usable area by up to 25%, representing extra revenues from the additional rentable/leasable space. This is particularly important considering current elevator-escalator footprints can occupy up to 40% of a high-rise building’s floor space, depending on the building height.

To find out more about MULTI, please visit website MULTI/thyssenkrupp

Please see images of MULTI and the launch here.