Time-Lapse History Elevator

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The main attraction is at the top, but the journey there is spectacular in its own right. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, will begin shuttling visitors to its observation deck next month in elevator interior that offer an immersive, panoramic history of Manhattan from the year 1500 to the present.

Click play on the video above, published by the New York Times, to get a sense for yourself. It’s a breathtaking ride.

The 515-year history lines three walls of the elevator, which have been fitted with nine screens, each measuring 75 inches (about 2 meters). In 47 seconds, while traveling 2000 fpm to the top of the building, visitors will have an elevated vantage point over the southern tip of Manhattan, with animation showing its development from Native American villages to Dutch trading settlements to the American Revolutionary War to the original street grid to the slums of Five Points to the first skyscrapers—including, in 1973, the Twin Towers, which vanish from the landscape a few seconds later.

In the final seconds of the video, visitors are enclosed by the tower’s construction, before arriving on the 102nd floor, 1,268 feet (386 meters) above the ground, securing their place on the island.

Similar technology is offered by lift eye.com, post about it can be found over here.

Source: New York Times