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Architects of Spanish skyscraper forget one minor detail

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  1. mascan42

    mascan42 Registered User

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


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    The Builders of This Spanish Skyscraper Forgot the Elevator

    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?
     
  2. Dikbag

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    we got a few of these at work, what more do you need?
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  3. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    So add a few, you silly Spaniards.
     
  4. mascan42

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    The way I read it, they designed the building with only enough room for a 20-story elevator and motor. Redoing it after the structure is already built means basically gutting the upper floors and redesigning them. The Spanish economy is completely in the shitter, so good luck coming up with the money for that. I also got the feeling that the developers will default on some loans if the building isn't completed by the end of the year like they promised.
     
  5. bill333

    bill333 Go Screw!

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    So they forgot a little thing like an elevator, they didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition...
     
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  6. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    Make the fat people live on the 30th floor and higher so they actually have to use stairs.
     
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    Omg total assholes. Europe is becoming a wasteland of wrecked economies. We are next.
     
  8. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    An economic graveyard.
     
  9. Psychopath

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    What an ugly design.
     
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    It looks like a crotch.
     
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    Voodoo Ben You gotta wash your ass

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    (As usual) the headline and the story don't mix. Most buildings rely on the elevator shafts for their primary structural support. Forgetting one in a high-rise would be nearly unthinkable. Not having room to accommodate the larger motors to run one is a different story. May be a matter of simply switching to a different type of elevator.
     
  13. mascan42

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    Obviously the elevator's there, it's just that the shaft and mechanical areas aren't large enough for one that runs 47-stories. The developers are currently considering adding exterior elevators for the upper floors.
     
  14. tattered

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    Man lifts rule
     
  15. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    When I was a little kid we went to some city and parked in a garage. Came back to get the car and the guy took the ticket and hopped on a manlift and jetted into the air. I thought that might be the greatest job ever.
     
  16. Dikbag

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    we have 3 where I work. they're a little fun/scary at first. one has 40' between floors. when I'm riding that one up I think "I hope my stupid brain doesn't decide to have a seizure or something right now". That's the only way I can see falling off.
     
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    funny how we always remember things from childhood way bigger and faster than they were. manlifts are pretty slow.
     
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    Walk bitches, they are just promoting good health and exercise.
     
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    I hate spain. They invented mexicans.
     
  20. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    It was the fastest I ever saw a man go through a ceiling.
     
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    Allah akbar this shit.
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    That looks like a fucked up lottery machine.
     

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