Pantograph gondolas

A Pantograph gondola is essentially a gondola that is balanced by a counterweight.

They are designed for buildings with uneven facades or facades with protruding elements. A pantograph gondola allows workers to get close to the facade, even in a cove directly under obstacles such as balconies.

XSPlatforms offers fixed pantograph gondolas as well as a three different types of extendable pantograph gondolas.


Once a fixed pantograph gondola has descended along the protruding part of the facade, the horizontal jib of the of the roof car is raised. This makes that the gondola moves closer to the facade underneath the protruding element, while the counterweight keeps the gondola in perfect balance.

The fixed pantograph gondola can be delivered in different sizes and dimensions. Nevertheless, the horizontal movement of a fixed pantograph is limited (about 4 meters max.).

With pantograph gondolas that are able to extend once they are descended under an obstacle, a wider horizontal range can be achieved – without the need for a big and heavy roof car with a huge jib.


The following extendable gondolas were pioneered by XSPlatforms, as a part of some of the most prestigious custom FacadeXS solutions. These remarkable pantograph gondolas are all prime examples of what we are able to achieve by thinking out of the box, unconstrained by existing limits.


This gondola unfolds itself in order to get close to the facade underneath an obstacle, such as a balcony or a canopy.

The horizontal movement of a this gondola towards the facade of a building cannot be adjusted by the user – a type 1 gondola can only be either folded or unfolded.

Also, when it is folded, this type of pantograph gondola is quite high, which means it is difficult to remove the unit from sight when it’s not being used, because the gondola usually cannot be parked indoors.


This type of gondola consists of a telescopic arm which balances a gondola on the one side and the weight on the other. By evenly extending the arm on both sides, the gondola can be brought closer to the facade.

This pantograph gondola offers the greatest horizontal reach – up to 7 meters towards the facade (thus far). However, the sizable telescopic arm of this gondola does require sufficient parking space on top of the roof.

In contrast to the type 1 gondola, this gondola can be adjusted to any desired width within its range.


This gondola can extend itself to get closer to the facade under an obstacle, by means of a scissor mechanism.

Just like the type 2 gondola, the contractible gondola can be adjusted any desired width, although the horizontal range of this gondola is limited to 3 meters.

When retracted, this gondola is the most compact of the three. This is its main advantage, because this makes it a lot easier to park the gondola on top of the roof when it is not use.


Standard Gondolas

By default, our gondolas are 2.4 m (approximately 8 ft.) wide, but in some cases their width can be customized to meet special requirements. The main advantage of this flexibility is that it ensures the gondolas can easily be parked. In addition, it ensures that the gondola can be lowered through a narrow space.

User-friendly gondolas

Designed from a user’s view point, this gondola comes with several innovative functions that effectively deal with the drawbacks of working at heights inside a gondola. When it comes to usability, this gondola is the best our industry has to offer. It makes maintenance work easier, faster and more comfortable.

Self-hoisting gondolas

A self-hoisting gondola is equipped with a hoisting mechanism. Self-hoisting gondolas can be suspended from roof cars, but also from an interior gantry or a monorail system. The main advantage of self-hoisting gondolas is that they can be detached and placed out of sight when they’re not used.


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