Japan Opens "Tallest Lift Building"

Story here. A tower dedicated to elevator research. I like it.

Couldn’t they have achieved the same effect by digging a deep enough hole?

Japan is crazy.

Perhaps, but why? Building a tower is almost certainly cheaper and easier.

My assumption is that digging a hole would be much cheaper, but IANA construction person. How much does a mine shaft cost?

I don’t know, but having visited another one of Mitsubishi’s elevator plants, I know these buildings are little more than a metal frame. Even if you dug a hole in the ground, you would still need to construct something to go around the elevators – remember the purpose is to simulate real elevator shafts.