The Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi will enter the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s most inclined tower.
Capital Gate has an incredible 18 degree inclination, compared to the 4 degree inclination of leaning tower of Pisa in Italy.
The tower which is due for completion in 2009 will be another historic and iconic tower to line the skies of the United Arab Emirates.
Upon completion, the 160 meter, 35 floor tower will become an iconic ‘gateway’ into the city, reflecting Abu Dhabi’s ambition, identity and values through its unique past and futuristic design.
Capital Gate will accommodate the 5-star ‘Hyatt at Capital Centre’ hotel and will also provide the most luxurious office space in the region. The tower forms a vital part of the AED 8 billion Capital Centre development, a business and residential ‘city within a city’ being built around the buzzing Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) have already made an official application to the Guinness Book of Records. The building has already had international acclaim winning the prestigious Cityscape Middle East Future Commercial & Retail Development Award 2009.
The building will also feature more than seven hundred diamond shaped glazing panels – all different due to the unique design and posture of the structure which sits on a 30 meters underground base to counteract the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.
Whereas the inclination on the leaning tower of Pisa was caused by natural forces over time, the Capital Tower’s inclination was designed intentionally!