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100 Stories: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do..

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Q: What does every delightful design feature that you can see at Chef’s Table: from hand carved Carrara marble counters, exquisite taupe banquets and the grand golden stupa ventilation hood… to everything that is hidden: from pipes, beams, 100 tonnes of steel and generator installed on the 59th floor for power backup ALL have in common?
A: The Otis lift.

There is never a fine sailor without a storm as they say. And overall it took two months to overcome the challenges of complete the lift installation. The Otis team worked closely with the main contractor, lebua and the architects, to first identify the optimal location for the lift shaft and lift pit. It was a complicated arrival, past residences and the all-suite luxury lebua hotel. It involved close evaluation of the original architectural drawings, site inspections and very close communications and collaboration. The final solution was to drill through from the 61st to 64th floor.

Obviously, with every aspect of construction for Chef’s Table and Pink Bar dependent upon the lift, a strict deadline for completion was essential. Otis, the head engineer of lebua and the designer worked very hard to prepare the safety works, electrical power, site issues and challenges so that finally successful on-time handover was possible.
Everything, was brought up and everything longer than 2.20 meters had to be built first then cut into chunks, disassembled to fit into the one lift, then re-welded, reassembled and reconstructed at the top.

What makes it even more incredible is that it could be only be used for four hours a day - from 1am to 5am.

Now the journey from the top of State Tower passes a tropical screened gallery. The sumptuous elevator cars echo last century’s luxury hotel glory days of in Paris, London and New York. Finished in deep greens, gold and marble, guests descend elegantly.
Greeted with a white baby grand piano, a jazz singer and stunning night views across the city.
It is almost impossible to imagine the deconstruction, reinforced steel and reconstruction of lift shafts that made it all possible.