MULTI, The Innovative Rope-Free Elevator That Can Move In All Directions

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At the beginning there were legs and nothing else. Then elevators were invented, changing the way people were living. Today a new innovation is going to change our lives again: MULTI, the ground breaking rope-free elevator system that will revolutionize the tall building construction.

Capable of moving horizontally and vertically with multiple cabins in one shaft, MULTI is set to unlock limitless possibilities in building architecture, design, and the very nature of how we build our cities.


MULTI is a creation by thyssenkrupp and is considered one of the industry’s most forward-thinking innovations created since the 19th century: the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system. Instead of one cabin per shaft moving up and down, the MULTI offers multiple cabins operating in loop, like a metro system inside a building.

Why MULTI is better than the traditional elevator?

According to thyssenkrupp company, this stunning innovation can assure:

  • shorter waiting times (the doors open every 15 to 30 seconds),
  • an increased capacity,
  • a much smaller footprint by up to 50%,
  • a significantly reduced weight and mass by up to 50%,
  • no more building height and shape design constraints (thanks to the rope-free system).

A real “blessing” (or at least effective help) for a civilization that is experiencing a rapid urban growth with 70% of the global population living in cities by the end of the century.

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MULTI was created to face some of the priorities in today’s smart cities: optimizing the vertical development and preserving green belts for both nature and recreation. Therefore, MULTI will allow us to keep open spaces and parks, eventually making our lives better.

160 years after its invention, elevator replaces ropes with linear motors. It’s the key that opens to new possibilities, making it possible to move the elevator in all directions. From now on the elevator is more than that: it’s a shuttle.


This innovative system is tested at the “thyssenkrupp testtower”, a 246-meter tower located in Rottweil, Germany, that will help dramatically reduce the time required to develop skyscrapers worldwide. The tower has 12 test shafts with the ability to reach a travel speed of up to 18 meters per second. Three of them will be used to test and certify the new system.

MULTI has already found its first home in Berlin at OVG Real Estate’s new East Side Tower.

Do you like elevators? Do you think they can be considered a blessing for the contemporary life style and needs?


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