Benidorm´s Tallest Buildings
Benidorm´s Tallest Buildings
Did you know?
Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world?
Benidorm is the second city in the world with more skyscrapers per square metre? beaten only by New York!
Benidorm is the 2nd Spanish city with constructions of more than 150 meter? Madrid is the first and we even beat Barcelona.
Benidorm is the 3rd city in Europe with the highest concentration of tall buildings? 1st place goes to London and 2nd Milan.
And the top 10 are –
1 – Intempo – 192m, (height to tip 200m) – 47 floors above ground level and 3 below.
This is the tallest building in Benidorm and the tallest in Spain outside Madrid it is also one of the tallest in the world for a city of less than 100,000 inhabitants, and the tallest residential structure in Spain and is visible from six miles away and now dwarfs everything else in the area
Love it or hate it this is probably Benidorm´s most famous building but not necessarily for the right reasons – In 2005, a year before the start of building, developer Olga Urbana secured a €92m loan from the now-defunct savings bank Caixa Galicia. The company said In Tempo was “an unquestionable banner for the future”. It certainly was, but not in the way that the company or its lenders had hoped.
Work began on the Intempo building back in 2006 and has been hampered with lots of problems including the economic crisis back in 2008, there was also a publicity stunt that went horribly wrong when it was stated that the lifts did not go to the top floors as no lift shafts were installed this was totally incorrect information, but people still state this today. The developer behind Europe’s tallest residential building attacked this “fake and insidious” press coverage of the project, that claimed the building had been built without elevators which went viral at the time. Rafael Ballesta, sales manager for the development actually described the media storm as “ridiculous” and said: “We are constructing the highest residential skyscraper in Europe so how is it possible to build without elevators?”
However poor planning did lead to unsafe working conditions for the builders, and a construction elevator collapsed hurting 13 construction workers, their injuries were made worse when ambulances were unable to gain access to the site because a proper road entrance had been overlooked in an attempt to save money.
The building consists of two parallel towers separated by a gap of 20 metres (66 ft) and connected by a cone-shaped structure between floors 38 and 44. Its frontal view, vaguely resembling the number 11 and the letter M, and is widely rumoured to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 11 March 2004 which took place in Madrid.
The Intempo building houses 269 apartments, within the central cone are four two floor duplexes connected by an internal lift and one even has a jacuzzi on the balcony there are also 398 parking spaces and 133 storerooms.
Intempo was acquired at the end of last year (2017) by an affiliate of an SVP Global fund, the property developer behind the tower block, the company Olga Urbana now ceases to exist following its bankruptcy.
The Intempo should be totally completed hopefully by April 2019. Apartments are now for sale at around 2,500 euros per square meter which is around the market average price for this type of luxury building here in Benidorm.
Update 13th December 2018 – The owners of InTempo will resume the work in 3 months after 4 years of blockade. The fund will redo the project to improve the finishes and give new attractions to the skyscraper, including the spa and gym built at the highest level in Europe.
Update July 2019 – Further licences have been granted for modernisation and updating of the building, it is estimated that work will begin throughout this autumn with an approximate duration of between 12 and 14 months. One of the most significant and differential changes that the project will experience will be to allocate two of the floors, 46th floor and the roof, for community use , with a spa, massage areas, sauna, gym-fitness room , hot tubs and Rooftop.
The rear of the building will be completed by the construction of a beach-style pool and a children’s pool of 800 m2 and 90 m2, respectively, occupying a total area of 4,300 m2.
As for the front, substantial improvements are also planned. Specifically, on the terrace floor of the west tower, it will house an area for children of more than 1,000 m2, the east tower will have an exclusive restaurant for the owners, with a 1,200 m2 terrace and an 80 m2 decorative pool.
Another of the major changes that will take place is the creation of a large lobby (atrium) entrance, with an area of 600 m2 and seven meters high, which allows access to the six intelligent elevators located in the two towers, and access the exclusive restaurant for the owners through another independent elevator. At the same time, it will have access for vehicles (valet zone).
The updates will not only be limited to the exterior of the building, the new licences also allow changes to made internally. Specifically, from the first floor to the 37th the interior will be modified, enhancing the open spaces and the light . From the 38th and 45th floor, which are part of the “diamond”, terraces and exterior areas will be created.
2 – Gran Bali Hotel – 186m 52 floors
Previously number 1 until the construction of the Intempo. The Gran Bali is situated in the area of Cala de Benidorm.
The 4 star hotel, is actually a set of four buildings and was designed by architect Antonio Escario has 776 rooms (with capacity for up to 2,000 guests), 18 lifts, gardens and swimming pools.
This is Europe’s tallest hotel and was built between 1987-2002 the hotel opened in May 2002, there is a viewing platform that is open to residents and non residents for a small fee, (2.50 for residents, 6€ for non residents) once on the viewing platform you will have spectacular views right across to Calpe, the whole of Benidorm, La Cala and the surrounding area.
3 – Torre Lugano – 158m, 43 Floors
This is a residential building located in the Rincon de Loix area and until the construction of the Intempo was the tallest residential building in Benidorm, construction started in 2006 and was completed in 2008 and was designed by A. Rodriguez.
The building is the shape of an arrowhead and can withstand winds of up to 40mph the building is a total of 59.901 square meters spread over 43 floors, it also has gardens, swimming pool, paddle tennis court, social club, gym, and children’s areas.
4 – Neguri Gane – 148m, 43 floors
The construction of this residential building started in 1997 and was completed in 2002 and at that time was the tallest skyscraper in Benidorm, it only held this position for a short time until the Gran Bali was completed.
The building was completed in the brutalist style. It is named after the Neguri neighborhood of Getxo, in the Basque Country of Spain and the and name means Height of the winter city. There is a swimming pool situated on floor 26.
5 – Edificio Kronos – 145m, 41 floors
The fantastic large glass terraces make it easily recognizable by its flashes, due to the reflecting sunlight.
6 – Edificio Don Jorge – 124m, 36 floors
The Don Jorge is a very modern looking building and is now used as Tourist Apartments and is linked to the Palm Beach Hotel where holiday makers can use all the hotel facilities.
It is located in the Rincon de Loix area on Calle Oslo, up quite a steep hill which means it has fantastic views from the higher floors.
The undulating roof of its attic which makes the design very different from the surrounding buildings is said to simulate a wave in the sea, some say that it is tilde used on the Spanish Ñ.
7 – Mirador del Mediterraneo – 123m 35 floors
This residential building is also located in the Rincon de Loix area and constructions started in 2003 and was completed in 2006. Its name Mirador del Mediterráneo emphasizes the spectacular views of Benidorm that can be seen from the building.This building has 35 floors (6 are used as garages and another three used as technical floors, with a total of 42 floors).
The building is made of concrete, although at first sight it does not look like it, and has twin towers joined from the foundations to the seventh floor (garages), from there the two towers are created these are joined by metal walkways. These walkways have a complex system of rollers that allow the rocking of the towers in case of large gusts of wind; the walkways can also be used as an evacuation system from one tower to another in case of fire.
8 – Torre Levante – 120m, 35 floors
Another residential apartment block but also popular with tourists due to its location right on the Levante sea front.
The building was completed in 1985 and was designed by architect Carlos Gilardi and is a modern apartment block with plenty of garden space and common areas. Torre actually means tower in English.
This was the tallest building until 2002.
9 – Costa Blanca 1 – 116m 36 floors
A residential apartment block built in 1993
10 – Miragolf Playa 2 – 115m 33 floors
Residential apartments built in 2005
Other buildings that exceed 100m include – Gemelos 26, Torre de Obo, Sol de Poniente, Beni Beach, Playa Azul, Torre Pinar, Residencial Islamar and Las Terrazas de Benidorm, and just hitting the 100m is Gemelos 22.