Top rides in special glass lifts made by GBH Design GmbH

Special lifts have to meet special challenges with regards to technology and design. A prominent example is the Grandstand glass lifts of the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai: the unusual height of 3.5 m for the glass car required a customised design and production of the glass car and extra high glass (3m) door panels. Other sensational projects are the double-decker glass lift for 30 persons in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin that runs through an aquarium, or a 24 ct hand-gilded lift in Arabic-Oriental design. There is almost no limit to our ideas, provided they are technically feasible.

Mondrian Hotel Doha, Brides‘ Elevator

Situated on the outskirts of the city district West Lagoon and overviewing Pearl Island, the new Mondrian Hotel offers a spectacular 360° degree all-around-view of the capital of Qatar.

The facade of the hotel is shaped like a falcon (design: South West Architecture), and the entrance opens up to a spacious lobby. The complete interior design of the hotel was created by Marcel Wanders, interior designer from The Netherlands, and supplied by the local interior design firm Toscana Venture.

For the ballroom of 2000 square meters GBH Design designed a gold-plated elevator, which is mainly meant to transport the brides from the bridal suite to the ballroom, where the wedding reception is taking place. The circular glass car with gold-plated, mirror-polished elements of stainless steel features a handrail that contains Swarovski crystals that shine in diverse colours.

Following the instructions of the designer, floral patterns were cut out of the stainless steel shaft cladding, which are 24 carat hand-gilded. The same applies to the shaft structure and the lift car. Thanks to a special plug-connector-system of the individual gold-plated steel elements, the complete gold-plated structure could be mounted on the ceiling without any frames and circumferential straps.
A ride in such an extraordinary elevator will certainly be a highlight for any of the brides.


Technical data:

1 lift system
Rated load 1275 kg or 16 persons
2 stops
Travel height 11.00 m
Hydraulic drive
Rated speed 0.8 m/s
Built in 2013

Mondrian Hotel Doha – Penthouse Suiten

The two 900 square meter large Penthouse Suites on the 23rd floor are furnished with top design elements. Each suite extends over two floors, which are connected by a staircase and a GBH Design elevator.

An elevator is situated in the great hall of each suite. The glass lift car with its black- finished elements of stainless steel has, due to differing 90° entrances on the 23rd and 24th floor, two glass doors. Further decorative elements of the rectangular glass cars are a glass ceiling and a handrail with Swarovski crystals shining in various colours.

The stainless steel shaft cladding has also been furnished with floral cutouts and coated in black.


Technical data:

1 lift system
Rated load 700 kg or 9 persons
2 stops
Travel height 4.05 m
Hydraulic drive
Rated speed 0.6 m/s
Built in 2015

Private Residence in Berne

A lift system unique in terms of technique and design was conceived and built by GBH Design for a private residence in the capital of Switzerland, Berne.

Upon the owners’ request the lift construction had to be as transparent as possible, with little visible technology but many innovative elements. The special construction of this hydraulic lift does not require any guide rails.

The exclusive GBH Design doors with underfloor drive are one of the contributions for the lift’s perfect design and for transparency. Since the cabin size is relatively small, a handrail was neither needed nor desired. Integrated into the door frame is the cabin operation panel, and the floor indicator is built into the cabin glazing as an LED spot.

The cabin’s power supply is provided by a battery and radio system, thus making a suspension rope unnecessary.

Once again GBH Design was able to integrate a modern lift into a listed building. 


Technische data:

1 lift system
Rated load 375 kg or 5 persons
4 stops
Travel height 8.92 m
Hydraulic drive
Rated speed 0.6 m/s
Built 2016

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

A major technical challenge was the group of three lifts for the royal area „Grandstand“, which had been built exclusively for his Royal Highness.

The unusual car height of 3.50 m and the crescent-shaped lift design called for excellent design- and technical expertise. Together, the three cars, which are completely made of glass with illuminated floor, illuminated car-subconstruction and black glass cabin operation panels with sensor buttons, are forming a crescent. The middle car is reserved for his Royal Highness only.

For royal travels we developed a VIP function, which allows a synchronized run of all three cars. In order to preserve the shape of a crescent, the three cars always travel together. Our type-tested lift doors with under-floor drive are 1.2 m wide and 3.0 m high. The glass door panels of extreme height are a customized special design.


Technical data:

Group of three lifts
Rated load 1350 kg + 2200 kg
Travel height 46 m
10 Stops
Suspension 2:1
Speed 1.75 m/s
Built in 2010

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Meydan 08
Meydan 08
Meydan 08
Meydan 08

Radisson Blu Hotel Dom Aquarée, Berlin

The lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city center of Berlin houses the biggest cylindrical aquarium of the world.

The cylinder measures 25 m in height and has a diameter of 11.5 m. In the interior of the hollow body a double-decker lift transports up to 30 visitors to the top floor.

Ceiling and floor of the lift cars are illuminated and made of glass. In order to have a perfect view of the 1500 tropical fish, the glass walls and car ceiling are joined without any disturbing frame.
The aquarium holds 1 million litres of salt water. The trip through the submarine world becomes an extraordinary adventure.


Technical data:

1 Lift system
Rated load 3600 kg
4 Stops
Travel height 27 m
Hydraulic drive 1 : 1
Speed 0.30 m/s
Built in 2003

Private Residence in Munich

In one of Munich‘s prime locations, along the shores of the river Isar, the architect Danilo Silvestrin integrated an outstanding lift into the overall design of the residence.

The oval glass lift and the lift shaft are champagne-coloured and encased by a stainless steel mesh, thus being in total harmony with the noble colours of the privately owned residence.

The lift car with its colourful LED lights matches the overall concept. The lift system has four stops and travels at a speed of 1.0 m/s. Its hydraulic drive is equipped with a simple-acting central piston.
At the request of the client and in agreement with the architect all stainless steel lift components as well as the steel mesh encasement had been dyed in champagne-colour.


Technical data:

1 Lift system
Rated load 1200 kg
4 Stops
Travel height 11 m
Hydraulic drive 1 : 1
Speed 1.0 m/s
Built in 2010

Private Residence in Doha

In matters of exclusiveness the special lift installed by GBH does not lag behind the exclusive residential area West Bay Lagoon and the residence itself.

In collaboration with the local interior design office “Toscana Ventures“ we realized a technical beauty which is, next to the luxurious, gold-dominated interior design of the residence, a real eye catcher.

The circular glass lift and the open lift shaft are made of gold-plated stainless steel units. Laminated between the glazed side panels of the lift shaft construction are dark-green wild silk fabrics with imprints of golden ornaments. When illuminated they reflect the magical-oriental atmosphere in a special way, together with the glass domes above and beneath the lift car that shine in different colors. The handrail and the top of the glass dome are gold-plated as well.


Technical data:

1 Lift system
Rated load 630 kg
2 Stops
Travel height 5.45 m
Hydraulic drive 1 : 1
Speed 0.6 m/s
Built in 2013

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