Interlift 2017 Dates Announced

Azrieli Sarona, to be Israel’s largest office building, was designed by Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners.

Organizer AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH has announced that the next Interlift will take place on October 17-20, again at the Augsburg Trade Fair in Augsburg, Germany. VFA stated that never before have so many lift companies registered so quickly for the event: more than one-third more registrations had been submitted in June compared to the same timeframe for Interlift 2015 (most from regular exhibitors), which itself broke records. For more information or to register, visit

A call for papers for the associated VFA-Forum will be made this month. In addition to the usual themes of “Standards,” “International Markets” (particularly South America, the U.K. and Commonwealth countries, the Middle East, and the South Pacific), and new products and services, papers will be requested on the topics “Safety at the Work Place,” “Qualification,” “Industry 4.0 – Digital Applications for Elevators,” mega-cities and architecture.

Striking Apartment Tower for Auckland Skyline

Officials in Auckland, New Zealand, have greenlighted a 52-story apartment tower designed by Peddle Thorp that features a sharp, striking angle at the top and approximately 220 apartments boasting views of the Waitemata Harbour, Stuff reported. Part of a redevelopment of a block of Customs Street East that includes historic properties, the project is expected to take shape over the next three to four years. Ground-level retail and a smaller tower housing a hotel are also planned.

“Slick Addition” to Tel Aviv Skyline

SkyRise Cities described the 53-story, 255-m-tall Azrieli Sarona office building as a “slick addition” to the Tel Aviv, Israel, skyline. Soaring toward a 2017 completion, the glassy tower was designed by Moshe Tzur Architects and Town Planners and includes 100,000 m2 of office space, 10,000 m2 of retail over three stories and a seven-story parking garage. The structure twists around two different axes, shifting to the sea as it ascends. Ample public sitting areas and entrances to the commercial components are planned at ground level, facing the historic Sarona neighborhood and Menachem Begin Street, respectively. Azrieli Sarona will become the largest office building in Israel.

thyssenkrupp Finishes Brazil Airport Job Ahead of Olympics

thyssenkrupp has completed a significant job at the Rio Galeão airport in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that includes 25 elevators, 21 escalators, 14 moving walks and 58 passenger boarding bridges in the new Terminal 3. Delivery and installation was completed in 13 months with no disruption to regular airport operations. The job included the longest moving walk in Latin America at 100 m. Rio Galeão anticipates passenger traffic to increase by 500,000, to 6.5 million per year, and several new airlines have added the airport to their schedules.

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