In one of the more unexpected examples of life imitating art, the developers behind China’s Shanghai Tower have possibly sought inspiration from Willy Wonka and his Great Glass Elevator, preparing to install the world’s fastest elevators, capable of travelling at a stomach-dropping 18 metres per second.
OK, so it’s not a true Wonkavator, because it can’t go sideways and slantways and longways and backways and squareways and front ways and any other ways that you can think of. But at 18 metres per second, these express elevators will make short work of the Tower’s 632-metre height. Wearing a red top hat and a purple velvet suit whilst riding in them is entirely optional.
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