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The Peacock Roundabout

Location: Jaén, Spain

From El Pais

The Gummy Bear Roundabout

Location: Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain

From El Pais

Rainy Leaks In The Spanish Parlament

Morning of 11th of Septembre  2013, that day, the spanish parliamentary deputies were seeking cover from Madrid’s morning rain (usual in that time of the year), by accessing the building and to start their daily choirs, but they weren’t prepared to deal with the rain inside the building; or in other words, to deal with the rainy leaks  as you can see it in the above video.

Worth to mention, that the spanish parliament is under a renovation process that started from Decembre 2012, and it’s planned to continue until Novembre 2013. And as usual in this type of cases, the construction company (Dragados) responsible of the works have released a press statement declaring that these leaks were a direct result of the building’s old rain water installation that couldn’t deal with that water quantity.

Any how, we have just discovered that any building (even the country’s parliament) are prone to tiny disasters in form of rainy leaks :D.
Enjoy the gallery 😉

From El Pais

WTF Designs 5 – The Forgotten Elevator

Location: Puerto Rico Avenue, Benidorm, Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain
Have a better look – http://goo.gl/maps/fH0q2
Photo by Eduardo Domingo on Flickr

In 2005 while Spain was living the construction boom bonanza, the Intempo Tower (see the photo above) was designed as a 20 storey high building, but afterwards, the decision was taken to raise the building, to be a 47 storey twin towers (almost 200 metres or 650 foot high) with a 269 housing apartment, and a linking space between them at the top.

Since then, the construction of the Intempo Tower never stopped, even though it have suffered many problems and delays that are indirectly related to the economic crisis burst in 2008-2009. But that was nothing compared to the problems that was going to face afterwards.

In 2010, until the construction of the 23rd storey wasn’t finished, nobody has ever thought, to install an onsite lift for the workers.

July 2011, 13 workers were injured (two of them seriously), when the site’s lift collapsed; worth to mention, that the ambulances couldn’t access the sinistered site, cause it wasn’t conditioned to receive the vehicles as a mean cut down the construction costs.

And the best of all, in January 2012, it was found out; that the projects’ directors have forgotten to take into consideration the new building’s needs of elevators (internal space, motors, etc.) to that of a 47 storey high tower.

Right now, it is supposed that the building is still under construction (including the repairs of the elevator’s blunder), and its opening has been announced be by December 2013, that if they do not commit a new Architectural Disaster by then. 🙂

Special thanks to D. Alloza & S. Porta
From Satán Es Mi Señor
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