I was reading the New York Times and came across this video of the elevator to the observation deck at the top of 1 World Trade Center. As the carriage rises (at 2,000 feet per minute!), the interior walls display a computer-generated view of the city of New York that rises in perspective. Not only does the CG vantage travel up in space to mimic the actual ascent of the elevator but time passes too. From below the bedrock to the top of the completed 1 World Trade Center, the elevator display morphs through 515 years of history–from marshlands to the building in which the viewer stands, 1,300 feet above the ground.
What a creative use of space and technology. I’m always wondering and imagining what places were like in the past. I must take this elevator.