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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.

China to get world's fastest elevator

The Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre (right) will house the fastest elevators on the planet

The elevator, which will be provided by Japanese technology firm Hitatchi, will be delivered to the 111-storey, 530-meter-tall Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre, due to be opened in 2016.

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

China to get world's fastest elevator

The 1000-meter Kingdom Tower is due for completion in 2019

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.

Photo1: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Photo2: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture/CTBUH

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