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When an elevator is not in use, it returns to a default floor and waits to be called. That makes sense. However, it waits with its doors closed. That doesn’t make sense. If an elevator is already waiting on the first floor, why should I have to push a button to make it open its doors? Waiting with open doors would help circulate the air, it would be more convenient to people who approach the elevator on the default floor, and it would negligibly affect the time it takes the elevator to respond to calls from other floors.

The argument could be made that elevators sitting with open doors would negatively affect the aesthetics of a lobby. The counter is that architects should view this as an opportunity to improve the interior design of elevators.


Written by Daniel Grady

July 15, 2007 at 19:02

Posted in Rants

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  1. What happens if you’re approaching the elevator from the default floor, and the elevator, awaiting you lovingly with open arms, is called from another floor? With every step you take, you see the doors closing right in front of you. You’ll never make it. Just before you can get to the console to push the button, the metal doors cruelly clang shut, and the elevator speeds off to rescue someone more important than you. Ouch. How’s that for your self-esteem?

    Just goes to show, no matter how fast you are, rejection is faster.

    By the way, it’s about damn time. I’ve missed the raving logic of SDGF.


    July 15, 2007 at 20:10

  2. Funny you should mention that, in 85% of the fancy buildings I’ve been in in downtown Chicago, the doors to the elevator _are_ open on the first floor. Maybe you’re just not part of the right socioeconomic class to enjoy such luxuries as open elevator doors.

    On a more practical note, they don’t usually have environmental controls (AC or heat) in elevator shafts. If the doors were left open on the first floor, the outside air would seep into the building through the crack between the elevator door and the door to the floor. This would increase the cost of heating/cooling the first floor lobby. Perhaps, however, this is just an opportunity for elevator engineers to improve the design of elevators…

    Coffee Cake

    August 6, 2007 at 09:18

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