Now here’s a scary building for me â€“ I inserted the outer lines to show the proposed height of the â€œTowerâ€ being built at Grande Caribbean in Jomtien. 30 stories, setting among all the others at 8 stories max â€“ the photo was taken from the 9th floor of my building which is one of only 4 major condos in the area reaching 15 stories each. What a fucking eyesore, this obnoxiously tall building in the middle of a condo complex area on Thrappraya Rd.
No steel girders, I-beams, or side earthquake bracing â€“ just free standing â€“ cemented to the floor - relatively small rebar concrete pillars â€“ then the centers between pillars filled in with mortar and bricks. This would never make in in the States. Almost all Condo construction is done this way in Thailand. I have been taking images as the construction is going on â€“ it will also be a way for me to test my calculations and see if I am right when it is finished. Good earthquake and its going to twist and the side brick walls are going to pop out of this damn thing. I hope all survive.
The plans look exciting, furnishings really nice, common areas â€“ pools, gym, garden areas a dream with waterfalls and light tower, and pirate ships. â€“ but donâ€™t look under the covers. Weâ€™re at 13 floors and climbing.