spanish-towerI couldn’t let this one pass. The 47 story skyscraper in Spain set to be the tallest residential building in the European Union has an interesting problem that is causing a lot of red faces. Although there is an elevator reaching the 20th floor, floors 21 through 47 has a problem there’s no elevator and residents will need to take the stairs.

It’s hard to imagine a 650-foot luxury high-rise under construction in the resort city of Benidorm being built without an elevator that goes all the way to the top of the building. Trying to get home by climbing the stairs is only part of the problem. Can you imagine trying to move into your apartment between 21 and 47?

The architects have managed to come up with a reason for the admission. The Temo was originally designed as a pair of 20-story residential towers and later upgraded to add the extra 27 floors. There was a big rush to move the project along and someone—likely a lot of someones—neglected to design  and allocate space for an elevator.

After working 25 years in corporate IT I’ve seen my share of interesting events—this one takes the cake.

2 Comments on 47-story Spanish high-rise has a big problem: they forgot the elevators

  1. Jesse says:

    I know exactly what you mean by interesting IT events :-) These construction experts and architects in Spain were probably focused on the impressive bridge on the top of the building. It would be interesting to hear how the problem was solved.

  2. Tin Lizzie says:


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