“Refinery chic” Lloyd’s building has some of world’s must-see elevators

The crazy-cool Lloyd's building has outside elevators, opening up space on the inside (Image courtesy of Lloyd's).

The crazy-cool Lloyd’s building has outside elevators, opening up space in the building’s interior. (Image courtesy of Lloyd’s).

CNN Travel recently released a list of “12 Elevators You Need to See to Believe.” It includes some amazing architecture and vertical-transportation systems, many of which have been featured in ELEVATOR WORLD. All of elevators take you high, high above the earth, some in urban and others in rural settings. Which one is your favorite? I am sure your selection reveals which “Downton Abbey” character you are or something, but I haven’t done enough research to determine that yet. For the record, mine is definitely the Lloyd’s building in London, home of the venerable insurance institution. Built in 1978-86 and designed by architect Richard Rogers, it is what I would call “refinery chic,” evoking elements of the future as envisioned in the past, ominous and welcoming at the same time. At night, it can be lit up like a late-1980s New York disco. The first of their kind in the U.K., the 12 glass elevators on the outside of the building look like they’re for carrying paint or livestock rather than passengers, and offer stunning vistas of downtown London. Yes, please! Read CNN’s list and pick your favorite here.

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