Nearly-completed Spanish skyscraper missing elevator shaft

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

Ever had that nagging suspicion that you're forgetting something?

A lot of project managers in Benidorm, Spain, were clearly ignoring that feeling as they planned the finishing touches on the Intempo Skyscraper. Described by Gizmodo as "a striking symbol of hope and prosperity," the 47-story structure was meant to serve as a symbol of defiance in the face of Spain's crippling financial crisis.

But they forgot something. The elevator shaft.

According to Gizmodo, the building was initially designed to be 20 stories tall, but at some point during development, the designers pushed to increase the height so the structure could accommodate 269 homes. However, no one got around to redesigning the original elevator shaft, and there is now no space for it to be expanded.

The current crop of architects has since resigned, the report added. 

This is only one of many problems that has plagued the Intempo building throughout the construction process. Spanish publication Economia described the initial construction company's liquidation, banking troubles and numerous difficulties with working conditions. It all added up to what the news source called "un cúmulo de incompetencias"—a cluster of incompetence.

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