(Video) World's First Freeform Escalator
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at City University London, Jack Levy, patents his curved invention.
The Levytator takes a novel approach to the mechanical design of the escalator by creating the moving steps with a continuous loop of curved modules. This approach frees the escalator's form and gives architects and interior designers the ability to be more creative in where and how escalators are placed.
David Chan, a consultant on the project claims:
“The Levytator opens up new possibilities for architects in hotel, airport, museum, theme park and commercial building design. As it can carry twice as many people as a traditional escalator, but at a comparable price, it will also be an attractive financial proposition.”