A story has been making the rounds online about a skyscraper in Spain that was supposedly built without any elevator shafts, but the claim has been proven to be inaccurate since it originally came out nearly two years ago.
The 47-story InTempo building, the tallest residential tower in Europe, was constructed in the Benidorm Spanish beach resort on the Mediterranean Sea. It was designed by Spanish architect Roberto Perez Guerras.
Spanish newspaper El Pais wrote an article in August 2013 that claimed that the plans for the building were changed from 20 to 47 floors and that the new design did not include any elevator shafts. The article alleged that workers had been injured on the job and forced to work without pay. It also said that other problems had occurred that were causing the construction process to be delayed.
Several other news outlets picked up the story. The New York Daily News wrote that it would be impossible to add elevators because of the way the building was designed and constructed.
The developer denied the allegations. Rafael Ballesta, sales manager for the Edificio InTempo residential towers, said that the building clearly needed and had elevators and that the story was ridiculous. He reported that the towers had six elevators. The InTempo Twitter page also said that the building had elevators and elevator shafts. Raquel Lopez, a Spanish journalist, went to the InTempo building, rode in an elevator, and posted pictures and content on her blog.
Construction of the InTempo building was completed in March 2014. At that time, 120 of its 269 luxury apartments had been sold.