The biggest skyscraper in Hudson Yards, New York’s $25 billion new “city within a city” real estate development, started climbing above street level towards the sky in mid-June. When completed in 2022, 50 Hudson Yards will rise 58 floors and stand 300 meters (984 ft) tall.
The building will be the first in New York City to deploy an innovative new elevator system developed by thyssenkrupp Elevator called TWIN, which uses two independent cars “stacked” in a single shaft – thereby saving space, cutting down on travel time, and transporting 40% more passengers. Fifty Hudson Yards will have 40 TWINs in 20 shafts. No more long waits for an elevator.
Each TWIN elevator has its own major components and shares guide rails and landing doors in the same shaft. By reducing the number of shafts necessary, the building gains more useable floor space. TWINS have already been installed in 50 buildings around the world.