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Benidorm, Spain

Intempo Building

This 47-story "M" remains totally uninhabited. 

This strangely shaped 47-floor building is the highest residential building in Spain, and one of the few high rise buildings in the world in the shape of an arch.

The high rise is located just inland from Poniente Beach in Benidorm, Alicante, the city with, reputedly, more high rise buildings per capita than any other city in in the world.

The two towers are about 61 feet apart and the cone at the top starts at floor 38. There is a commonly held view that the M shape is a tribute to the city of Madrid following a 2004 terrorist attack, but this has never been confirmed by the architects Pérez-Guerras Arquitectos & Ingeniero.

Construction was completed in 2014 yet as of 2016 the building remains unoccupied, after the 2008 financial crisis saddled the developers with monetary problems.

The towering “M” can be seen from most places in Benidorm, south of the old town, and from the Autovia del Mediterrano (AP-7) which bypasses the city or the N-332 which runs parallel to it. Another great place to see the building and appreciate its scale is from Benidorm Island, about a mile offshore.

Know Before You Go

The AP-7 is a rather expensive toll road but the N-332 is free to use. From either road follow the signs to Playa Poniente. Boats to the island (glass bottomed) run from the harbour on the south side of the old town. If you go out there in summer do not forget the mask and snorkel.