47-story Spanish skyscraper has no elevator, just like Spain's economy

The Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm—a disgusting vacation spot in the Spanish east coast—is a horrible symbol of Spain's real estate bubble and greed. It's also a perfect example of the country's disgraceful lack of planning: it doesn't have elevators for half of it.

As an Spaniard, I look at this and I can only feel the most absolute of the embarrassments. But then again, if the entire state is brimming with corruption and dishonesty—from the head of the state to the politicians in almost all the parties, banks, companies and even some judges—I can't really expect anything else but this. [El País (in Spanish) — Photo by Enrique Domingo]

The Builders of This Spanish Skyscraper Forgot the Elevator (Updated)

Update: It looks as though the building may have elevators after all! According to Barcepundit—and despite an El Pais article that plainly states the opposite—there are, in fact, 11 elevators in total. [h/t Twitter]

The Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain—standing proud in this image—was designed to be a striking symbol of hope and prosperity, to signal to the rest of the world that the city was escaping the financial crisis. Sadly, the builders forgot to include a working elevator.

In fairness, the entire construction process has been plagued with problems, reports Ecnonomia. Initially funded by a bank called Caixa Galicia, the finances were recently taken over by Sareb – Spain’s so-called "bad bank" – when the mortgage was massively written down.

In part, that was a function of the greed surrounding the project. Initially designed to be a mere 20 storeys tall, the developers got over-excited and pushed the height way up: now it boasts 47 storeys, and will include 269 homes.

But that push for more accommodation came at a cost. The original design obviously included specifications for an elevator big enough for a 20-storey building. In the process of scaling things up, however, nobody thought to redesign the elevator system—and, naturally, a 47-storey building requires more space for its lifts and motor equipment. Sadly, that space doesn't exist.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, the architects working on the project have resigned, and it remains unclear exactly how the developers will solve the problem. Can we recommend the stairs? [Kinja—Thanks Igor Neumann!]