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At the London Olympics, in addition to the new buildings and stadiums, visitors may need to get used to the new elevators that the architect Matthew lloyd designed to save the city’s inequalities. These days, the London Festival of Architecture is held, the place where the world’s first zero carbon elevator was presented.

It is a smart device that uses water and solar energy to elevate wheelchairs and their occupants, also companions, so that they can fill a staircase space that exists in the Duke’s Column Square. ‘York, next to the Institute of Contemporary Art, a nearly 40m monument that is a must-see for tourists flocking to London.

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The structure of the elevator is made of steel and methacrylate and the whole weighs around 3 tonnes, so permission had to be sought from the Royal Engineers Corps to install the device, as it is a monumental protected staircase.

Even with the problems the city was throwing at him, Matthew Lloyd found ways to win over the real engineers and get everyone to admire what perhaps is the concept that could guide the green elevator of the future.

Even if it is only during the four weeks that the festival lasts (then a definitive place will be found for you).

The elevator works thanks to two solar panels in its upper part, which are those that provide energy to a motor that controls a series of fish tanks filled with water with the function of counterweight, to counter the gravitational pull from the passenger cabin and save the different heights of a staircase.

The water tanks fill up, when they reach the top of their course, with a surprising waterfall effect (best faucet spray) that can be seen from inside or outside, since all mechanical innards are exposed through methacrylate.

Lloyd himself describes this view as “truly sustainable” because the use of renewables does not just meet the need to move away from fossil fuels; it also allows the lift to be used in places without access to the electricity network.

And thanks to the goodwill and enthusiasm of some elevator specialists and solar panel suppliers, the green elevator only costs around € 12,000 in production costs, a very reasonable price for any president or community councilor. will love town planning.

It was precisely the London Architecture Festival that donated the two million old pesetas to make the project a reality, inspired, according to Matthew Lloyd, by his father’s experiences when illness confined him to a wheelchair.

The first time he walked through the monument, he found that he did not remember the insurmountable stairs, like many other tourists there, forcing him to take a detour of hundreds of meters through Trafalgar Square to cross the obstacle. As soon as he got home he called his son and told him “you have to design something to save those damn stairs.”

Said and done. And in such a brilliant way that it can lend itself to the world of elevators and elevators.