I have a strange job description, the most strange part of it is that it's non-existent. I simply baby-sit the project from beginning to end. I'm the one-man-band architect. The jack of all trades but the master of.....oops, let's put that aside for the moment.
Anyway, now I'm at a stage in one of the projects (or the poor project is at one stage with me), that I need to procure ELEVATORS. Yes, you heard that right. See, any elevator has finished walls; most of time ornate with combination of mirrors, wooden arabesque, or hairline stainless steel patterns. Or the elevator could simply be a panoramic one where you'd have to think of a transparent material that could bend nicely (glass usually gets wavy when it's bent). And don't forget the flooring, the indicator panels and the call buttons please, they're part of the overall color-scheme/finishes of the building. So you see, there's lots of architecture in an elevator.
But compared with the other things that come together to make an elevator (shit, that sounded like one of the stuck-up presenters of Business Breakfast), architecture is a very small part. There are many many features and options available that you could almost get lost. Fuzzy Logic, triple-action algorithm, destination-controlled elevators....etc.... You can always resort to the main stream, safe and least problematic features, but where's the fun in that? if everyone doing a task X ended up doing it exactly like the guy who'd last done it, task X would never move forward.
ehmm.. so yours truly is trying to do things a little more creatively; so I'm going to ask you, dear readers, to tell me about your own experiences with elevators; the pleasant ones and the bad ones. And give me suggestions: do you, for instance, propose an internal glass partition within every elevator to segregate men from women? or are you a proponent of defining elevators, like tellers' counters at Carrefuer, on the basis of sex, age, weight... and probably smell?
Can't wait to hear from you...
P.S. the project I'm working at is a 4-stars Shari'a-complied hotel.