These Are The Fastest Elevators In The World

elevator fastShanghai Tower

Photo: via Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi is setting records. The company was recently hired to install in China’s Shanghai Towers what will become the world’s fastest elevators.The elevator is expected to travel at 59 feet per second, beating the record of 55 feet per second currently held by Taipei Towers.

Because, you know, people can’t be expected to wait any longer than absolutely necessary.

Of the 10 fastest elevators in the world, six are in Asian countries.

#10 Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elevator speed: 1,378 feet per minute

Building height: 1,482 feet

The towers house an art gallery, an 840-seat concert hall and an underground parking lot.

#9 Empire State Building, New York City

Elevator speed: 1,3975 feet per minute

Building height: 1,250 feet

It took 7,000,000 man hours and $40,948,000 to build the Empire State Building.

#8 Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China

Elevator speed: 1,772 feet per minute

Building height: 1,380 feet

Despite it's massive height -- it's the fifth tallest building in the world -- Jin Mao Tower can withstand winds and typhoons of up to 124 miles per hour and an earthquake of up to 7 on the Richter Scale.

#7 Freshwater Place, Melbourne, Australia

Elevator speed: 1,772 feet per minute

Building height: 670 feet

The structure is actually an apartment building and offers 1,2, and 3 bedroom floor plans.

Note: No videos of the actual elevator were available, but the building is still pretty cool.

#6 Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas

Elevator speed: 1,801 feet per minute

Building height: 1,149 feet

The tower is the tallest observation tower in the country and houses a hotel, gaming floor, and several other attractions.

#5 John Hancock Building, Chicago, Ill.

Elevator speed: 1,801 feet per minute

Building height: 1,127 feet

The building observatory has the only open-air viewing deck in Chicago.

#4 Sunshine 60, Tokyo

Elevator speed: 1,968 feet per minute

Building height: 797 feet

The structure was built on top of the site of the destroyed Sugamo Prison.

#3 Burj Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Elevator speed: 1,959 feet per minute

Building height: 1,822 feet

The building cost $800 million to construct.

#2 Yokohama Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Japan

Elevator speed: 2,461 feet per minute

Building height: 972 feet

In addition to offices, the building houses a hotel and a shopping mall.

#1 Taipei 101,Taiwan

Elevator speed: 3,314 feet per minute

Building height: 1,671 feet

Of the building's 101 stories, five are underground.

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