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Elevator interior design innovations: Materials, lighting, and accessibility

As India’s population continues to rise and the demand for tall buildings and skyscrapers grows, elevators have become a significant requirement, transforming from a luxury to a necessity. According to Fortune Business Insights, the size of the global elevator and escalator market is anticipated to increase from $88.59 billion in 2023 to $142.52 billion by […]

As India’s population continues to rise and the demand for tall buildings and skyscrapers grows, elevators have become a significant requirement, transforming from a luxury to a necessity. According to Fortune Business Insights, the size of the global elevator and escalator market is anticipated to increase from $88.59 billion in 2023 to $142.52 billion by 2030. This surge in demand has prompted businesses in the elevator and escalator industry to embrace cutting-edge trends and innovations.
Going beyond simply being a useful tool for vertical transportation, elevators have witnessed a remarkable transformation in terms of design, functionality, and accessibility, improving the passenger experience. Innovations like contactless elevator buttons and destination control systems have not only enhanced the commuting experience but have also boosted the operational efficiency and security of these systems. In fact, it is not just the operational efficiency, but the interior of elevators has also significantly improved to match the modern-day demands of users. Sustainably sourced materials, aesthetically pleasing lighting, and smart systems have all contributed to the transformation of these vertical transportation systems into design exhibits.

Modern-day innovations: Reshaping elevators
Automation and accessibility: Enhancing the commuting experience for individuals, automation and robotics have not only improved the operational efficiency and security of elevators, but have also enabled a pleasant and welcoming environment for passengers. The advent of destination control systems, in particular, has revolutionized passenger flow management, enhancing efficiency and reducing travel time. In addition, contactless elevator buttons have emerged as another remarkable innovation, minimizing physical contact while allowing for safe and hygienic transportation.
Improved lighting: In addition to being essential for the safety of passengers, adequate lift lighting also plays a vital role in fostering a pleasant environment. With technological advancements at the forefront, various elements of elevator design have experienced a remarkable transformation and lighting is no exception to it. Due to its energy efficiency and versatility, LED lighting with a plethora of features enables personalized lighting schemes, amping up an elevator’s ambiance. In addition, integrated controls allow passengers the ability to alter the illumination to their liking, contributing to a more comfortable and delightful experience. Variation in lights while traveling is also a feature that is becoming common these days making their travel experience more soothing.
Sustainable materials: As the need for elevators in new and existing buildings continues to grow, businesses in the industry are turning to sustainable materials to meet demand while minimizing environmental impact. Eco-friendly materials like recycled wood, environmentally conscious laminates, and water-soluble paints are increasingly being utilized to reduce the environmental footprint of elevator designs. Moreover, the concept of green elevators is gaining ground, emphasizing energy conservation. Regenerative drives represent a recent innovation in this field, making elevators more energy-efficient while promoting green vertical transportation.

Unleashing a new generation of elevators!
From a luxury to a necessity, elevators have come a long way, becoming an indispensable part of people’s lives. In response to their rising demand, businesses operating in the elevator and escalator industry are increasingly leveraging trends and innovations with sustainability at the forefront.
The emergence of diverse eco-friendly materials, advanced lighting technologies, and smart elevator systems have significantly transformed these vertical transportation systems. And as we progress towards a more technologically advanced future, more fascinating innovations are bound to make their way, improving the design and functionality of elevators.
The author is a Managing Director of KONE Elevator – India & South Asia

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