Netherlands: Up in the Sky – Technology Consortium Develops “Spiral Tower“ High-Rise Attraction
© NorthernLight The Netherlands-based technology companies KCI The Engineers, Bosch Rexroth, Hillebrand and NorthernLight have joined forces to create a new high-rise attraction. The “Spiral Tower“ is a new attraction concept suitable for city centres, urban parks and expo terrains, for example. Just like a Ferris wheel, the tower is designed to offer visitors a 360 degree panoramic view.
On a rail system the gondolas for six to twelve persons each spiral upwards the wall of the cylindrical tower, which is planned to have a small footprint of seven to ten meters in diameter. “The innovative construction lets autonomous electric cabins, that on their way down regenerate energy like an electric car, magically spiral up the tower,” explains Peter Doesburg, sales manager at Bosch Rexroth. “And the cabin windows offer augmented reality information about must-see city spots, historic highlights, new urban developments and sustainable initiatives,” adds Peter Slavenburg, director of NorthernLight.
Operation of the energy-efficient tower, which can be constructed up to a height of 150 metres, will be steered by an intelligent control system. Additionally, the tower will feature solar panels, vertical gardens and a windmill to generate sustainable energy. (eap)