Porsche over the last couple of decades, has managed to develop their design division into an industrial design powerhouse producing everything from eyeglasses, to pens, to highrise condos. That’s right highrise condominiums. What I am talking about here is a new building that is going up in Sunny Isles Beach Florida.
What really caught my eye was the car elevator that is being installed in the 57 million dollar building. The elevator is similar to the one at the Volkswagen flagship building in Germany, and like that elevator, this one will transport cars all the way to the top of the structure. Unlike the VW one, this elevator is designed to carry the car and its occupants directly to their condo. This seems so cool, and so unnerving at the same time.
The $560 million tower is part of a collaboration between Germany-based Porsche Design Group and a Florida developer, Gil Dezer. It will be the world’s first condominium complex with elevators that will take residents directly to their units while they are sitting in their cars.
Here’s how it works. The resident pulls in and switches off their engine, a robotic arm that is sort of like an automatic plank will extend and load the car into the elevator.The elevator lifts car and passengers to the designated floor, and condo location. Then the same robotic arm will park the car, leaving the resident nearly in front of their front door. The glass elevators will give residents and their guests unparalleled views of the city or of the ocean during their high-speed ride, which lasts 45 to 90 seconds depending on the floor your condo is on.
The 57 story building site will occupy 2.2 acres of land, and house 132 units ranging from 3,800 to 9,500 square feet. The smaller units will get two parking spaces, larger ones up to four. The cost of the units run from 4 to 9 million depending on size.
“What this is really doing is taking two technologies that have existed for centuries and putting them together,” “It’s taking the robotic arm and it’s putting it in an elevator.” Gil Dezer, president of Dezer Properties.
“You don’t have to leave your car until you are in front of your apartment,” Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.