This project proposes a new typology that will allow people to ascend and descend buildings using their bodies.Currently, there are two main methods for vertical transportation that have prevailed for the last 100 years: the stairs and the lift.
source/image: Elena Larriba
Stairs require a lot of effort for a person to go up whereas lifts are 100% powered. This carves out an area of opportunity that sits between the two.
Taking inspiration from bicycles, Vycle is a system powered by continuous cyclical movement. Its benefits are twofold: firstly, it will give stakeholders a more efficient and sustainable option to ascend.
And secondly variable energy selection will be able to cater to people of varied ages and abilities, whilst creating a personalised experience.The system is balanced with counterweights leaving the user body as the only weight to overcome.
Using a gearing system similar to how bikes works the user can decide how much effort they want to put to ascend or descent.This new urban vertical transport system reintroduces a sense of community and flow that is currently exclusive to the urban ground plane.