High-Rise Car Elevators Allow Residents to Have an Attached Private Garage

High Rise Facilities | April 22, 2013
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Porche Design Tower is a new 60-story residential high-rise under construction on Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The 60-story building, developed by Dezer Development in collaboration with Porche Design Group and architectural firm Sieger Suarez, will contain 132 condominiums each with an attached two car “sky garage” serviced by car elevators.

After a resident arrives at the under-ground-level main garage and switches off his car’s engine, a robotic arm with a pallet will lift up the car and place it the elevator. Once at the desired floor, that same robotic arm will place the car in the resident’s garage. During the 45-90 second ride, the glass elevators provide views of the ocean, city and Intracoastal Waterway.

All units will be provided with a minimum of 2 parking spaces, larger residences will offer 4 parking spaces. The 284 robotic parking spaces in total are accessible via three elevators. Residents will be able to see their cars from their living rooms through the garage’s glass walls.

Perhaps the most famous existing car elevator system is Autostadt, a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. It features two car towers built by Krupp Stahlbau Hannover GmbH, a division of ThyssenKrupp Industries. The twin 165-foot-tall glass cylinders have a storage capacity of 400 vehicles each.

At the Autostadt towers, horizontal transportation is achieved by a system of conveyors on which pallets carry the vehicles. In a fully automated procedure, a customer’s new car is retreived from one of the 20-story car towers. Large signboards in the customer center display when the customer’s turn has come. They are handed the keys, their picture is taken, then glass doors open and the brand-new car appears with zero miles on the odometer.

Car buyers in Europe can opt to take delivery of their new Volkswagen at the factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. A unqiue elevator system stacks and retrieves cars from two 20-story garages.

Porche Design Tower’s residential units range in size from 4,200 to 17,000 square-feet and cost from $4.5 million to $25 million. Read more about the project here: http://highrisefacilities.com/groundbreaking-for-miamis-porche-design-tower-featuring-car-elevators/

Construction is expected to last about 33 months with occupancy in the first quarter of 2016.

Watch a video below demonstrating how the unique car lift system will work:

Renderings provided by Dezer Development

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Category: Vertical Transportation Intelligence

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