The Arendal glass lift | Gustav Bull Poppelman

THE ARENDAL GLASS LIFT - NORWAY’S NEW LANDMARK Arendal / Norway / 2021

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The Glass lift in the town of Arendal in Southern Norway is not only a visible architectural landmark with the very best views of the town. It is also becoming one of Norway’s greatest public attractions. During the first year after the opening, the twin lifts did more than 250.000 trips. Based on a careful assessment of four persons per trip, more than one million


people used the lifts during the first year, or 1/5 of Norway’s population! By comparison, the town of Arendal has only 45.000 inhabitants…


 


The challenge was how to connect the upper hill to the Market Place below. The twin glass lifts cut through the rocks, ‘bridge’ the two parts of the town. The lifts facilitate the transition from car-based transportation to transportation by bicycle, foot and wheelchair, improving access to the hill for everyone. Once you reach the top, one arm is a bridge link to the hill and the built-up area beyond. whilst the other arm points towards the town center below, descending into a viewing platform only stopped by a wide sheet of glass with panoramic views over the townscape.


 


The lifts are reached from an existing tunnel connecting the Market Place and the Railway Station. A shaft was blasted through the rocks to form the lift shaft. When the lifts emerge above ground, the shaft continues as an open steel structure supporting the bridge. The shaft, the bridge and the lifts are illuminated so that the structure always appears attractive. The steel structure hides the integrated lighting, thus avoiding light pollution.


The lifts improve mobility, connecting two parts of the town, strengthening the quality of public space and urban life. This is an example of how to solve an urban infra structural challenge in a new way, without cars and roads.

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    The Glass lift in the town of Arendal in Southern Norway is not only a visible architectural landmark with the very best views of the town. It is also becoming one of Norway’s greatest public attractions. During the first year after the opening, the twin lifts did more than 250.000 trips. Based on a careful assessment of four persons per trip, more than one million people used the lifts during the first year, or 1/5 of Norway’s population! By comparison, the town of Arendal has...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Main structure Steel
    • Client Arendal kommune
    • Status Completed works
    • Type multi-purpose civic centres
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