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Paris skyline gets a lift

The Paris business district of  La Defense will become home to a spectacular new skyscraper, featuring thyssenkrupp’s TWIN lifts with two cabins instead of just one moving in the same shaft.

thyssenkrupp Elevator will deliver 12 TWIN lift systems, a technology that increases transport capacity and improves energy efficiency.

Applying the TWIN frees up floor space, as this technology transports more people without increasing the number of elevator shafts. The new tower will also include another twelve conventional elevators and escalators.

With a height of 220 meters, Hekla Tower, designed by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel, will become a feature in the redesign of the district – including a green footpath modelled on the famous High Line in New York City. The construction is scheduled for completion by 2022.

Peter Walker, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator said: “The TWIN technology offers higher performance, safety and comfort, but also better energy efficiency. Sustainability is a priority in the comprehensively certified Hekla Tower.”

Hekla Tower has a total of 66,000 sqm of office space capable of hosting around 5,800 people, more than 2,500 sqm of terrace space and a wide range of restaurants, a business center, a 250-seat hall and much more. Of course, the building meets the strict requirements of the HQE, LEED and BREEAM environmental certificates as well as the Effinergie+ and WELL standards.

thyssenkrupp Elevator’s TWIN elevators operate in the high-rises D2 (Paris-La Defense), Odeon Tower (Montecarlo, Monaco) and Incity Tower (Lyon, France). A fourth installation – in the Trinity Tower in La Defense – has already been confirmed. This makes Hekla Tower the fifth building in the region to take passengers to the top with TWIN elevators.