Apartment building, Calle Calatrava 13

The elderly residents of Calle Calatrava 13, a historical building in central Madrid, used to have a painful choice – take the stairs or forgo the errand. With a new lift, they now have peace of mind and newfound independence.

Year 2010
Location Madrid, Spain
Solutions KONE MonoSpace® lifts and KONE Care™ maintenance service

Quality of life

Calle Calatrava 13 is a beautiful example of early 20th century Spanish residential architecture. But the elderly residents of this historic building in central Madrid had to make a choice – take the stairs or forgo the errand. Installation of a lift came at the request of the residents, who had to rely on neighbours to perform daily tasks such as going shopping, taking out trash or just going out for a walk.

Preserving history

To minimise the impact of a modern lift on the architectural heritage of the building, we installed the lift in the central courtyard. Our KONE MonoSpace® 500 machine-room-less lift with a glass panel design allowed for greater design freedom and also saved on construction costs. 

KONE provided additional work, constructing the shaft where the lift would be installed, as well as making improvements to the electrical system of the building in order to supply power to the lift. 

We handle all maintenance of this lift to ensure the residents of Calatrava 13 continue to enjoy having a more social and independent life.

"As an architect, this lift fits well with the existing elements of the community. Choosing an aesthetically pleasing design was definitely the right choice," says Hector Salas de la Hera, one of the residents and the project architect.