This Elevator Helps Connect the Old and New Parts of a Spanish Town

By: Katherine Pendrill - Nov 13, 2015
References: carlesenrich & dezeen
Spanish architect Carles Enrich designed a perforated brick elevator that connects one side of a town to the other. As cities develop and expand, sometimes a divide develops between older and newer neighborhoods. This architect wanted to reunite a fractured Spanish city by making it more accessible.

Enrich's elevator is located next to a Catalonian cliffside in the Gironella municipality of Spain. The elevator helps to connect the old part of the town to the more modernized neighborhoods that lie on the other side of the Llobregat river. The elevator is designed to overcome issues of accessibility, which have generated social fracture over the years. The elevator itself is made from perforated brick and stands 16 meters tall. The perforations in the exterior allow natural light and fresh air to pass through the elevator carriage.

Enrich's elevator is part of a larger movement to improve connectivity in cities across Europe.