Thanks for the memory – a great disaster

acebook reminded me of this great story that ArchDaily posted three years ago. We all love a good disaster story (provided nobody is injured) and this was a corker.

Facebook reminded me of this great story that ArchDaily posted three years ago. We all love a good disaster story (provided nobody is injured) and this was a corker. Although not quite as good as the headline suggests, in fact the owner of this building in Benidorm, Spain (and their architect) neglected to resize the lift enclosure when stretching the height from a mere 20 storeys to 47. More height of course means more lifts needed and so this was a real problem.

It wasn’t quite as bad as the first impression I received which was that either there was no lift at all, or that it only went as far as the 20th floor but still disastrous – especially since the buiiding was supposed to be ‘a striking symbol of hope and prosperity’. Fat chance. This is in the category of those side-splitting errors such as bridges that are built leaving large ships marooned upstream. Not such a joke for the owners who were left wondering what to do, after the architect had resigned. I wonder what happened next? Has anybody seen this particular white elephant?

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