Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Rope-less and Non-vertical Elevator Project
Exhibited at the CTBUH Research Booth
October 30 – November 3, 2017

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SYDNEY – During the CTBUH 2017 Conference held in Sydney from October 30 to November 3 2017, the CTBUH research booth presented interested delegates with the activities undertaken by the Research Division based at the Iuav University of Venice.

The representatives of the research team explained all the research that has been completed and is still ongoing, among which includes the rope-less and non-vertical elevator project.


The research was presented by Dario Trabucco, CTBUH research manager and principal investigator of the research, through a short video, which traces the different phases of the research,
briefly summarizes the questions that the research groups involved have posed, and the shows the first results that have been achieved.

Building design proposed by IUAV Students, Benvegnù, Lazzarini and Tibaldo, which utilizes rope-less, non-vertical elevators
Among the early studies and results of the research, some interesting building models designed by the architectural students of the Iuav University of Venice during a studio class were shown. The challenge assigned to the students was to approach the high-rise building type from a completely new perspective, applying a new way of circulation within the buildings, made possible by the application of rope-less and non-vertical elevators.

More models exhibited by IUAV students, Cottin, Covre, Mottisi and Previtali (L) and Lupia and Salerno (R).

This assumption allowed the young designers to think about a cluster of buildings connected to each other at different levels according dictated by the program, design concepts, and other principles. In other towers the shafts were designed to combine both the private and the public circulation, thus diminishing the core footprint and taking advantage of the additional rentable floor space.

These projects are part of the overall research and will be used and studied as important case studies, as the research strives to present possibilities – and issues – deriving from a real application of this innovation in the design process.


More models exhibited by IUAV students, Pavan, Poletto and Tonello (L) and Biasotto, Focaccia and Paladin (R).