Single Channel Video for Flat Screen, 11:35 min, loop, 2007
Elevators form the essential travelling experiences of vertical urban landscapes. The skyline is the definition of every city, from Berlin’s TV Tower to the newly constructed Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building. This vertical movement allows for a distinct degree of distance, where height is valued over acreage. The space of the elevator is ambiguous, meditative, it is never fully inhabited or vacant. These transitional spaces populate post-industrial architectures, operating as both a universal access and a necessity for the speed of perpetual growth. 99 FLOORS considers the infrastructures of the built environment, how limits are defined and regulated both as methods of control and through the borders of engineering.