6th Facade


The elevator core is a fundamental architectural element in high-rise structures, yet it is barely considered by planners as a spatial experience.
It is the dark back of house; the enclosed core within high-rise buildings that is hidden behind passenger cabin doors shielding its user of any spatial awareness. Often times creating uncomfortably intimate, even claustrophobic experiences for passengers during the ride.

By using transparent passenger cabins, the inside of the core becomes the 6th façade (whereby the roof is the 5th) and opens a great potential to turn a now monotonous necessity into a unique experience for the passenger.

By default it is a dark, narrow vertical space, but by implementing light installations or mirrors it can become a vertical street exposing the once ignored core spaces.
Location: Elevator Shaft
Type: Concept
Year: 2012
© Schindler Ltd / Studio Schwitalla