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According to recent reports, Spanish architect Carles Enrich has built a 20-meter-high elevator on the right bank of the Llobregat River in Gironella, a town in Catalonia, Spain. The accessibility device now connects the river to the medieval castle located above it.
Featuring walls of perforated brickwork, the elevator is designed to improve accessibility between the town’s old and new districts, which are divided by the Llobregat River. According to a report given in Dezeen Magazine, Architect Carles Enrich said, “the 20-metre vertical break between the old and new parts of the town has generated a social fracture”.
Over the years, the historic centre has been depopulated due to difficulties in accessibility. Before the construction of the elevator, the residents and visitors could gain access to the old town only by climbing a steep and narrow staircase, something which was not suited to older residents and families with young children. The area has narrow and cobbled streets that are quite difficult for many residents to navigate. The new elevator design will encourage more people to visit the castle at the top of the cliff and the public square at the bottom.
The new outdoor elevator structure was constructed with a combination of masonry, steel, and glass next to the side of the cliff. The top 16 meters of the lift are enclosed on three sides in a brick lattice with small circular openings. This allows light and ventilation to pass through into the elevator carriage, which is glazed on all sides, enabling the passengers to view the red-clay surface. The bottom 8 meters features a glazed enclosure that captures the surrounding areas. It is expected that the new addition will increase footfall between the castle at the top of the cliff and the public square situated at its base.
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