If you've ever walked around in a hilly city, you've probably done your share of avoiding uphill paths. Hills have a way of carving dividing lines into a city. In Pamplona, Spain, two neighborhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor elevator.

The elevator would replace what is now a precarious set of ramps and stairs, making it accessible to more pedestrians and cyclists alike. The design by AH Asociados comes out of a pedestrian mobility study commissioned by the city of Pamplona.

Its steel skin and structure deliberately echo an urban skyline. The lone elevator is a skyscraper distilled to its very core—it's safe to say there would be no skyscraper with no elevator—a piece of city infrastructure rising out of a natural hill.

Outdoor elevators elsewhere have made it possible to easily ascend to the heights.


The architects Vaumm designed this outdoor elevator in northern Spain, for example, so that neighborhoods on the valley floor can expand up into the mountains during a population boom in the 1960s.

Or take this incredible 20-story outdoor elevator that takes visitors up to the fortified walls of Malta's capital, Valletta.

And there's the dizzying Hammetschwand Lift, Europe's tallest outdoor elevator at 2,800 feet. Located at Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland, it has stunning view of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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