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The World’s Tallest Oops

August 29th, 2013 - 5:05 am

IntempoThere’s a new skyscraper under construction in Spain, but it has one teensy little problem:

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.

I’m sure the view from the 47th floor is gorgeous, but your calves are going to look even better.

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Ummmm... No. Urban legend, debunked by Ann Althouse a couple of weeks ago. The building has several elevators.

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There are a lot of architects who are incompetent at engineering.
1 year ago
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Build elevators on the exterior of the building, connect them, making them and independent structure.
1 year ago
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Given the number of people involved, the number of architectural reviews a project this scale entails, and the legal requirements for elevators in residences and business, the idea that the elevators could somehow be 'forgotten' is ridiculous.
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No, it isn't. One of the overlooked problems of multiple layers of oversight is the tendency of each layer to think that another layer will catch any errors and so they don't have to be as diligent. From time to time the stupid will align and a document will go through the entire system without review because "someone else will take care of it."
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Even if it was a valid screwup, it's not like it's unfixable. Vegas hotels have been doing external elevators for decades.
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Stephen, you missed the update at the top of the linked article:

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]
1 year ago
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Yeah, this was debunked / retracted already. It is a sad comment on the world we live in when we read something like that and say, "Yeah, that is believable".
1 year ago
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When a community organizer who botched his job for four years keeps his job for four more, everything is believable.
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