Dezeen promotion: Swedish designer Alexander Lervik has collaborated with local manufacturer Aritco to create an elevator with a clear glass shaft that allows its customisable interior to become a feature in the home.
"It was important for Lervik to highlight the elevator as an expressive and clear design element that can be placed centrally in a modern home, and not as something you would rather hide in a corner," Aritco explained.
The brand describes HomeLift as a "smaller, quieter, and cheaper alternative" to traditional elevators because it does not require a separate elevator shaft, cables, or counterweights to function.
Instead, the lift has a combined platform and shaft with a simple screw-nut drive system, meaning the entire footprint of the elevator can be less than a square metre larger than the desired standing area.
HomeLift comes in five sizes, spanning up to six floors, and can carry up to five people.
Its interior can be tailored to the individual owner using a 3D customisation tool on the Aritco website. It is available in 11 colours, including Light Ivory and Sage Green, and six carpet styles courtesy of Swedish design company Bolon.
The back of the elevator functions as a DesignWall – a backlit piece of wall art manufactured from acrylic glass, which users can select from a collection of works by Swedish designers and artists.
The intensity and colour of the lighting can be controlled and scheduled via the accompanying SmartLift app, while clear or tinted glass doors allow the interior to be visible even from outside.
"The lift's interior and its customisable lighting system can be seen from elsewhere in the house, effectively turning the whole structure into a multi-storey floor lamp," Aritco said.
To guarantee user safety, the brand has installed smart doors designed to prevent trapped fingers. The doors lock automatically behind an open shaft, while a key can ensure that the control panel is locked.
"In the event of power failure, a spare battery nudges the platform those final few feet and there's an emergency call button in the event of an accident or any other emergency," Aritco added.
Aritco was founded by four friends in a living room in Stockholm in 1995, and today produces 4,000 elevators a year from its factory that are sold in 40 countries around the world.
Today, Aritco has installed lifts in more than 35,000 homes, offices and public buildings across the world.
To find out more about the Aritco HomeLift, visit Aritco's website.
Photography is by Erik Undéhn.
This article was written by Dezeen for Aritco as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.