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written by Gabi Olpp on Friday, April 30, 2021

The “Bird in The Air” – a creative design combined with a bold, functional and safe concept.

The uniquely designed elevator called “Pasărea Măiastră” is an award-winning technological masterpiece. This elevator masterpiece was created with modern technology and innovative technical solutions.

Ten years ago, a representative of the Dorin Ștefan Architecture Office of the Constantin Brâncuși International Centre of Craiova contacted the company ELMAS with a design project – “Pasărea Măiastră” meaning “Bird in The Air.” The project was a tribute to the great Romanian sculptor, a central figure of the modern art movement. ELMAS was asked for an expert's opinion for a special elevator to be integrated into the architectural project. In 2018, ELMAS analyzed the data and proposed a technical solution which was approved.

ELMAS designers developed the concept and designed the platform for the future passengers. Bold and exceptional solutions were implemented to satisfy functional safety. A unique glass prism elevator was created that perfectly fits the existing architecture, offering visitors a 360 º visual experience during their ride. The elevator was manufactured entirely by ELMAS, and it was assembled and checked in detail in the elevator pre-assembly hall. Several shipments transported the elevator’s components to the Center of Arts in Craiova. An ELMAS specialized team installed the elevator in stages, made adjustments, and conducted tests and trial runs.

The Challenge

It was a challenge to incorporate a uniquely designed elevator into the architectural design. Due to the complexity of the project, several of the contacted elevator manufacturers could not deliver a technical and aesthetic solution that would fit into the theme of the architectural ensemble.

The Solution

The “Pasărea Măiastră” elevator was manufactured in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for a 25 year long service life. The ELMAS team of designers created a special technical solution for the hydraulic drive system. This solution consists of a centrally positioned hydraulic piston and a telescopic metallic structure composed of two segments.

The Result

The semicircular cabin of the “Pasărea Măiastră” elevator is made entirely of glass, offering a 360 º panoramic view. The load capacity is 150 kg (330 lbs.) and lifts one person at a time into the artwork, reaching a height of 9 meters (29.5 feet) at the speed of 0.15 m/s (0.49 feet/second).

The hydraulic power unit UDA150 supplied by Bucher Hydraulics is equipped with protection against overpressure, low pressure, overload and has an integrated leveling system to provide a smooth passenger experience. 


ELMAS is a regional specialist in the field of lifting systems with over three decades of experience. They continuously develop optimal solutions for use in different sectors. ELMAS's headquarters is in Brasov, Romania. 

400 employees, eight national places of business and subsidiaries in Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria, Israel, with facilities for research and development, design, production, service and with sales divisions, make ELMAS a Romanian company with a dynamic development in the national economic landscape.


Customized elevators for passengers and goods, car elevators, platforms, industrial cranes, steel structures, refurbished forklift trucks, mobile charging stations.

The Competition

At Elevator World's global competition, ELMAS won first prize for their superior hydraulic construction of the “Pasărea Măiastră - Platform for Passengers” in the category “Special-Purpose Lifts.” Additionally, for the third year in a row, ELMAS is ranked first in the “Project of the Year” global competition organized by Elevator World.

Elevator World Inc. USA is the publisher of “Elevator World” for over 65 years. The magazine’s audience is professionals in the elevator field worldwide. Elevator World is the organizer of the competition. Participation in the 23rd edition international competition “Project of the Year” is 100% free of charge and open to all elevator manufacturers worldwide.

We chose Bucher Hydraulics, elevator power unit products because we achieved a high level of reliability with our hydraulic elevators in our market. In March 2006, ELMAS and Bucher Hydraulics became partners. This partnership works flawlessly even after 15 years. We received technical support and information from Bucher Hydraulics during all these years, with which we managed to convince our customers about the high quality offered in the Romanian market.

– Adrian Neamțu, Elevators Sales Manager, ELMAS Romania

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