Vacuum Me Up, Scotty

Like those tubes for deposit canisters at your bank's drive-thru, this residential elevator uses suction rather than pulleys or pistons to raise and lower the car. The self-supporting aluminum-and-polycarbonate tube installs in two days with a minimal footprint—no shaft, pit, or machine room required—and the see-through tube makes an architectural statement. Best of all, if it fails, the car descends safely to the bottom as if on a cushion of air. Reaches up to 35 feet.

From $25,000 and up installed.

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator, by PVE
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