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China to get world’s fastest elevator
An elevator that can travel at speeds of up to 72km/h is due to feature in a high-rise building in China, according to reports in the South China Morning Post, making it the fastest in the world.
To the 95th floor in less than a minute
Workers and visitors will be able to travel the length of the 440 meter shaft, from the 1st to 95th floor, in just 43 seconds. Hitatchi will install a total of 95 elevators, two of which will be the superfast versions.
The elevator uses newly developed magnet motors and a braking system designed to withstand the possible intense heat that could develop during a malfunction.
Battle of the skylines
The 530 meter centre will be the tallest building in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, just shorter (albeit by 102 meters) than China’s tallest building, the 632-meter Shanghai Tower.
The world’s tallest building is currently the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai, due to be usurped in 2019 by the 1000-meter Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.