In the economically strong metropolitan region of Baden-Württemberg, the Euro Fashion Center is a center for the fashion trade that provides exclusive showrooms for fashion agencies. Companies in the industry have been presenting their collections here since 1992.
The fashion and order center thus serves as a B2B marketplace in the centrally located Stuttgart metropolitan area, which, with a gross domestic product of more than 100 billion euros annually, is one of the most efficient economic and technology locations in Europe.
Accordingly high demands were placed on Thoma Aufzüge when the contract was awarded. The entrance hall of the EFC also serves as a showroom, and the free-running glass elevator in the atrium was therefore planned and executed as an “eye-catcher”.
Aesthetics and material quality were of particular importance: curved glass panes, glass doors and glass portals were used for the semicircular cabin.
A technical challenge here was also a shaft pit that was too shallow at 900 mm according to the standard, which necessitated the installation of additional safety equipment.
The freight elevator is used in the normal operation of the Fashion Center for both passenger transportation and the delivery of goods, as it has a through-loading facility and a much larger cabin. Due to requirements imposed by the building authority, this installation was designed as a firefighters’ elevator.