Take it From an Architect: 3 Surprise Lessons SnapCab Taught Me About Elevators

Fusion SnapCab Elevator Interior - Metallic silver, light blue and white paneling with bright ceiling lighting and floors

If you think elevator cab interiors are all function and no form, or that their design is just an afterthought, think again. Working with SnapCab on my last project, I learned a few things about elevators that I wish someone had told me years ago. Take a look and see if it changes the way you think about specifying elevator interiors:

    1. Elevators Matter. A Lot.

      When I dream about working on high-profile, fun, innovative projects, designing and specifying the elevator never used to come to mind. But it should.

      In the United States, elevators travel some 7.2 trillion feet every year and every time they make a trip, there are people taking in the details of that space. These numbers helped me realize that elevators are, in many ways, the heart of the building – and the effort and energy I put into them as an architect will be seen by thousands of passengers. They have to be functional, of course, but they can also be an integral aspect of the overall design and aesthetic of the building. Elevators are one of the most-used features in any building – why waste that opportunity to make a statement?

    2. There’s a Way to Achieve Your Vision Without Breaking Your Budget.

      I used to think that spending much time considering the design of an elevator interior was, honestly, kind of pointless. There are so many rules and regulations, I thought it was impossible to achieve the look I wanted.

      Working with SnapCab opened my eyes to the different code compliant materials and technologies that are available for elevator interiors today. Getting the look of marble, wood, and custom patterns and colors is actually extremely do-able.

      Even better, getting the look of these materials isn’t even “custom” design. You can specify a SnapCab system and choose from a comprehensive list of models and materials to create a custom-looking, but standard priced, elevator cab in minutes.

  • Specifying an Elevator Can Be Quick and Easy.

    SnapCab systems are designed to snap into place – literally. For a trained technician, this means quick and easy installation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that specifying an interior is just as easy.

    After discussing my priorities and vision with one of their Interior Specialists, he pointed me to a few options that would work best for my needs and those of my client. He took the time to show me material options and explain how I could make modifications to achieve my original design intent while meeting code requirements. Instead of waiting weeks for samples or drawings, I had them in my hands within days. It couldn’t have been any simpler.

My one piece of advice: don’t forget the elevator! Not only are elevators critical to the building’s functionality and its aesthetic, elevator interiors present a unique opportunity for us as architects and designers to think outside the box. But more than that, it’s actually far simpler than you would anticipate to get a “custom” design on time and on budget. If you can partner with an expert elevator company like SnapCab, specifying your elevator will be easy, efficient, and – dare I say it – even exciting.