20+ Times Elevators Surprised People With Genius Design Solutions

Elevators are generally an under-used design space, with the vast majority of them retaining a functional, box-and-button style that offer little in the way of visual appeal. Luckily however, there are some who recognize the potential of this little room-on-the-move, and get as creative with the humble elevator as they would with any other space!

We celebrate these out-of-the-box thinkers, and have compiled a list of the coolest, craziest and cleverest elevators out there. From aquariums and shuffle buttons to scary floor designs, this list is sure to uplift you! Scroll down below to check them out for yourself.

#1 The Elevator Ride At The World Trade Center Tour Shows You The Architectural History Of New York

#2 This Elevator Is Out Of Service

#3 Aquarium Elevator In Berlin, Germany

#4 Creative Poster Placement

#5 This Elevator With An Additional Alarm Button Near The Ground In Case You Can’t Get Up

#6 This Elevator Has Buttons You Can Kick

#7 This Elevator Sign

#8 Winter Wonderland Inside Of An Elevator

#9 This Centre For Long Term Ill Elders Redesigned Their Elevators To Create Less Anxiety And Avoid Patients Running Away

#10 Came Across One Of The Most Fun Elevators I’ve Ever Seen

#11 Steam Powered Elevator, St Petersburg, Russia

#12 Fancy Elevator With Seats Inside

#13 How Accurate Is This Elevator Claim?

#14 Elevator Floor Painting

#15 The Colorful Button Panel On The Elevators Of Our Children’s Hospital

#16 This Elevator Has A Call Button 30 Ft Away So The Doors Will Be Open By The Time You Get To Them.

#17 My Hotel In Odessa (Ukraine) Tells You Which Day It Is By Changing The Elevator Carpet Every Day

#18 This Elevator Door…

#19 The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It’s Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

#20 This Elevator Shows How Close To Capacity It Is Based On The Weight Of The Riders

#21 Now That’s One Ingenious And Well-Placed Movie Poster

#22 The Twilight Zone In East Hotel Elevator

#23 Some Slick Bastard Defaced This Elevator