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The view from a tower allows survey of an area and facilitates control and contemplation. A human viewing a tower, however, also senses the tower‘s fundamental (economic) power and prestige. With its 345 high-rises, Benidorm, Spain‘s classic centre of tourism, boasts the highest ratio of skyscrapers to official residents in the world. During the tourist season, over one and a half million people temporarily gaze out at the sea from their hotel rooms. The Edificio Intempo Benidorm, on the other hand, will provide a permanent ocean view for its predominantly Russian residents when it opens in 2014. 47 storeys high and 188 metres tall, it will be the largest building of flats in the EU. Spain‘s real estate bubble and countless construction scandals delayed completion of the tower. The hubris of the tower‘s construction not only sparked a number of legitimising narratives, but also, occasionally, a rumour: in August of 2012, respectable international media incorrectly reported that planners of the Intempo had simply forgotten to build lifts in the skyscraper. A tower in which vertical mobility is impossible is like a sea without maritime traffic.