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April 27, 2014

posted Apr 27, 2014, 9:41 AM by Michael Medley
Doubtful Design Rev. Kelly Brown

** Note** The first 5 minutes of the sermon was not recorded. 

Below are the sermon notes to bring you up to speed. 
“His elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.” 
If you’re being less than charitable, that’s a euphemism you might use to describe someone who’s not very bright — you know, someone who’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, whose light bulb is a little dim, or who’s dumber than a bag of hammers. 
But what happens if that person is an architect and his elevators literally don’t go all the way to the top floor because, well, he forgot to design the building that way, leaving the multi-million dollar project standing empty and useless? 
The building in question is the InTempo, designed as a 47-story showpiece building in the Spanish coastal town of Benidorm. When (and if) it’s finished, it will be the tallest residential building in the European Union. It was supposed to open in 2009, but has been plagued by accidents, bad loans and bankrupt builders, along with one major, hand-slap-to-the-forehead design flaw: The elevator only goes up to the 20th floor, leaving the possibility that potential residents on the top 27 floors would have to hoof themselves (and their furniture) up the stairs. 
The building was originally only supposed to have 20 floors, but the designers fell in love with their own work and decided to add the additional floors, forgetting (somehow) that people in the penthouse might actually not want to have a cardiac event every time they came back from buying caviar down the street. No elevator shaft was planned in the blueprints, no space was provided for it, and, unbelievably, nobody noticed this until after the building was actually built.