People in busy tower blocks can become stressed by fighting their way onto and off lifts. This is a similar situation is some ways to getting on and off trains…a problem that used to be dealt with by having carriages with multiple side doors.
Today’s invention is a resurrection of this idea as applied to lifts.
Each lift would consist of say 30 cubicles, each big enough to accommodate perhaps 2 people and with a glass door to prevent claustrophobia.
When the lift stops, the cubicles would be accessed in parallel, so that there would be no fighting to get in or out on time. The glass doors would also allow anyone to see which cubicles were available.
These long, narrow lift carriages would each occupy up to half the width of an office block, to allow room for upwards and downwards lifts.