The EU's tallest residential building is finally complete after 15 years
Jul 29, 2021
The long-awaited Intempo building is finally complete. Photo: Jose A./ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Following a 15-year construction period marred with setbacks, the approximately 650-foot, M-shaped Intempo skyscraper has been completed in the Spanish resort city of Benidorm. The 47-story apartment building, consisting of 256 units, is now the tallest residential skyscraper in the European Union and the tallest of any type in Spain outside of Madrid . It is also one of the world’s tallest buildings in a city with fewer than 100,000 residents. Its twin towers also feature Spain’s fastest elevator, which rises at a rate of about 13.8 feet per second, able to reach the top floor in 52 seconds, according to The Guardian. The towers are connected by a prominent cone-shaped structure, which houses the penthouse units. Image: Doblecaña/Wikipedia
It seems like a miracle that Intempo has been fully realized. Designed by architects Pérez-Guerras and Olcina & Radúan, the design of the building was officially presented in 2006 and work began in 2007. It was originally scheduled for completion in 2009, however, progress was halted due to the 2008 financial crisis, which had a huge impact on the real estate sector in Spain. The project later resumed and was almost completed in 2014 but was interrupted again by the bankruptcy of its developer. Image: Pixelat/Wikipedia
There was also controversy regarding unsafe working conditions for the builders. At this point, the architects had stepped away from the project. In 2018, Intempo was acquired by SVP Global, which has managed the undertaking up to its current completion. The Intempo has almost 43,000 square feet of common areas, including an approximately 2,624-square-foot pool on the ground floor. There’s a second pool on the 46th floor, which offers expansive views of the city. The 47th floor hosts more communal amenities, including a cocktail bar. So far, 100 of the building’s 256 apartment units have been sold, which is lower than expected as reported by El País. The pandemic is to blame for that. However, sales are expected to pick up this summer now that it is complete. Similar articles on Archinect that may interest you...