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I've often thought that it was interesting that we call them elevators at all, given that they spend 50% of their time going down, not up... ;-) –  mickeyf Feb 21 '11 at 15:08
    
@mickeyf - it may not be that it 'elevates' you, but that it changes your 'elevation'. –  Tester101 Feb 21 '11 at 17:24
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I call them awesome. I don't know about you. –  advs89 Feb 21 '11 at 21:30

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[I used to work in an elevator company]

We usually referred to these as "panoramic elevators". (Google returns a few hundred thousand hits on this).

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panoramic elevator (with quotes): 571 thousand, pictures –  user3812 Feb 21 '11 at 15:56

Observation elevator or sightseeing elevator.

I think observation elevator is more commonly used, as Google returns pictures and more results (76 thousand vs. 44 thousand, with quotes).

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It depends on whether you are referring to the glass-ness of them, or the 'inside-out-ness', in which case you could say 'external elevator', though I've no idea if that's the 'official' term.

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Yes, in some parts of the anglosphere, "glass lift" (or indeed panoramic lift) is a better term :-)

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