The gothic-style cathedral is not just one of the biggest in the world, it is also the building with the most statues inside – and it took nearly six centuries to complete.
The Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) attracts millions of visitors every year to its rooftop terraces to enjoy panoramic views of the city, so it was crucial to modernize the elevators to ensure easy access to the rooftop terrace.
The work on the gothic church was commissioned by Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, the 600-year-old organization responsible for preserving it. Elevators were first installed in the 14th-century structure in 1985.
In 2015, Schindler replaced two elevators leading up to the terraces with modern lifts that blend in with the architecture of the world's fifth-largest church and offer the newest technology and comfort for passengers. Furnished with white marble floors, the elevators provide monitors, air conditioning and LED lighting.
Our modernization package also included maximizing the size of the shaft to enlarge the car size so that the elevator’s capacity could be increased from 8 to 10 people.
Modernizing lifts and escalators in Europe's landmark buildings is challenging, but the rewards are monumental. With Europe's elevator and escalators growing older by the day and building owners eager to reduce energy consumption and meet increased safety regulations, modernizations of old elevators and escalators are on the rise. Many of these vertical transportation systems serve Europe's diverse landmarks.
> This is the second part of a series about modernization in historical buildings around Europe (2/4).