Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

, or the “” / Rafael Viñoly Architects.. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 20 Fenchurch Street (or the “Walkie Talkie“) in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the “Death Ray,” we’ve put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world – from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Spanish Builders Forget to Resize Skyscraper Elevator

Image via Gizmodo

Standing tall as a “striking symbol of hope and prosperity,” the Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm,  is missing one essential component: a working elevator. Although the towers’ have been riddled with issues from the start, its “over-excited” developers decided to double the structure’s original height from 20 to 47 stories. Unfortunately, the expansion was realized without the appropriate recalculation of its elevator system, leaving little space for larger lifts and motor equipment that would naturally be required for a taller building. Since, the project’s architects,  have resigned and it is unclear as to how the developers will overcome the issue.

Reference: Gizmodo, El Pais

Water Treatment Station of Benidorm / Otxotorena Arquitectos

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Location: , Alicante, Spain
Design Team: Juan M. Otxotorena, Mariano González Presencio, Luis Tena Núñez
Collaborators: Gloria Herrera, Juan González, Pedro Palencia
Area: 8,884 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Diamond House / Abis Arquitectura

© Toni Elvar

Architects: Abis Arquitectura
Location: Sierra Dorada, , Alicante,
Architects: Ángel Benigno González Avilés, Mª Isabel Pérez Millán
Design Team: Emilio Cortés Saura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Toni Elvar, Vicente Martinez