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Old Posted Apr 3, 2007, 5:26 AM
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^^ Whoa man! That is sweet!
Hong Kong: The Two Towers..
Tower of Isengard and Tower or Barad-ur..
Okay back to the movie.
KPF is doing some serious world class projects.
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Some new renderings from www.cityscape3d.com











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Old Posted Apr 5, 2007, 8:12 PM
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I like the third one.
But, more generally, I find the renderings of ICC kind of crappy.
That's a nice way of not being disappointed by the real thing.
     
     
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I like that overhead one. It looks real.
     
     
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One more new rendering + floor plan & updated building section.(low resolution)



     
     
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Old Posted Apr 8, 2007, 10:36 AM
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2007, 3:10 PM
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Wow, not even halfway up and it looks huge.
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^^My thoughts exactly, what a view it will have!
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Pretty cool how even though it has far fewer floors, it's almost as tall as the residentials around it.
     
     
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Some updates taken by Xavier0713 @ skyscraper.cn:

















     
     
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Approximately 50 actual floors. It's getting up there!
     
     
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The cladding is appearing sparsely.
     
     
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Great update !
Almost as tall as the Harbourside.
     
     
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Wow, that is what you call massive.
     
     
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Press Release @ Schindler.com



As Hong Kong's gigantic International Commerce Centre (ICC) takes shape, production for some of the tower's 80-plus elevators is underway at Schindler's EBI Works in Switzerland.

The ICC will boast some of Schindler's most impressive products, including 40 "double deck" elevators, and 18 high-speed ones. These, and more, will be needed to cope with traffic in the tower, which will eventually stretch half a kilometre into the sky.

"For the first stage everything is defined to the day," says Ivo Häfliger, ICC project manager at EBI Works. And so it needs to be because the building's first tenants are due to move into the lower floors by the end of 2007.

They will spend almost two years working in a "growing" building, as floors above are continually added until completion, scheduled for 2009.


Tallest in the world

The ICC is a project of superlatives. One of the four tallest structures in the world; it will eventually contain 83 elevators and 41 escalators. Taken together, its elevator shafts will stretch more than 14 kilometres, and the double-decks speeding up and down the tower will reach velocities of 9 m/s.

Unusually for a skyscraper, the ICC has a flat top, which means elevators will literally reach the roof. The longest run for a double-deck elevator will be an impressive 396m, but one service/fire-fighter elevator will have a staggering 474m run – almost the entire height of the vast tower, which stretches to 490m, with 118 floors.




Logistical challenge

Getting so many elevators – and the machines that will eventually move them - from Switzerland to Hong Kong is an immense logistical challenge in itself. The components for first 20 double-deck elevators are due to arrive by summer 2007, including double-deck cars and immensely powerful elevator machines (see "Monster machine gets light-blue coat" below).

Jump lifts

Elevators are also helping in the construction, with so-called "jump lifts" ferrying material upwards as the tower takes shape. Schindler is providing eight of these.

Keeping people moving in this vast urban space will be the job of Schindler's traffic management system. Using complex algorithms, it calculates which elevator will reach which floor fastest, and directs passengers to the car taking the most direct route to their floor.

Elevators are equipped with "E-vision", which allows entertainment to be projected into the cabin.
     
     
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Schindler's new elevator machine for Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre (ICC) is to be adorned in a fetching light-blue colour rather than the traditional field green or grey.




But despite its urbane appearance, the new machine will be a real heavyweight, capable of lifting 11.5 tons.

In fact, it will be the most powerful machine in the Schindler family and used to hoist double-deck elevators.

The FM710S – assuredly far prettier than the name suggests – is a gearless giant capable of hoisting elevators to heights of half a kilometre. It can heave them skywards at an impressive 10 m/s, and can carry weights of 4,500kgs.

Performing to the limit


In the 490-metre ICC, the new machine will be performing almost to the limit. An impressive 40 double-deck elevators are planned and several will be travelling at speeds of up to 9 m/s over distances of nearly 400 metres.

In terms of aesthetics, the FM710S marks a significant break with the past. Once such machines were routinely subjected to rough handling, and exposed to dirt, oil stains and other indignities. It therefore made sense to coat them in rugged, dull colours so the stains didn't show and they remained as inconspicuous as possible.

Today, machine rooms are far more sterile environments, allowing other considerations to come into play. And with double-deck elevators planned for the ICC in Hong Kong, it was a good moment to rethink the product design of high-performance elevator machines.

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R&D set to work, and with the help of the Top Range Division (high-rise) and the production plant in Ebikon, Switzerland, came up with a more market-friendly variation.

Schindler's corporate identity specifies "red, white and bright", and because the colours were not possible for practical reasons, the R&D team chose a bright, light shade of blue, which complements well the colour red in the Schindler logo.

For senior R&D engineer, Heini Küttel, the colour is ideal for the new design concept. "Blue invokes feelings of ease and satisfaction, but it also symbolises performance and energy."

Aesthetic


Küttel is hopeful that the appearance of the machine will uplift the engineers and service technicians who install and maintain the equipment. "The aesthetic aspect is not the goal. Rather it is to encourage more careful handling of the machinery."

That might sound like wishful thinking in the manly world of machine engineering: But the people who actually install the equipment may be more susceptible to its charms than one might assume.

"It looks good and packs a real punch!" was the verdict of two technicians invited to inspect the new machine.

Bruno Tschuppert, who's responsible for production of the FM710S in Switzerland, says the fact the machinery is new, and will look new for longer, is a benefit in itself. "One automatically treats new equipment more carefully," he says.

Urban mobility


Meanwhile the mother of machines, in her light-blue coat, is being put through her paces in the R&D testing area. By 2009, she'll be providing urban mobility throughout one of the world's tallest buildings.

Travel within the super-structure will be organised by Schindler's state-of-the-art traffic management systems.

Visitors will be directed to the elevator heading to their floor with the fewest number of stops. With double-deck elevators, one deck serves the odd, the other the even-numbered floors, and escalators provide fast and easy connections from one to the other. This is urban mobility.
     
     
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