@sloppydetective: Yeah, it’s not quite a gondola...more of a horizontal elevator...if there’s a name for those. I think you hit a button and wait for this platform to come your way. I want to say it brought you to some object toward the end of the game, maybe right before the maze. MAYBE it’s right before you get the walkman, or right afterwards...
EDIT: Looks like it’s while following Ahti’s visions:
There’s a screenshot of the control panel and another of the gondola/lift/platform in that link at the bottom of the page.