Where: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Year of completion : 2011
Architect: RMJM, Dubai
Main contractor : Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises.
Owner and developer : Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company
At 160 meter (520 ft.) and 35 stories, Capital Gate is one of the tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi and leans at an astounding 18 degrees to the west, four times than the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. In June 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records certified Capital Gate as the "World’s furthest leaning man-made tower."
The tower (also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi) is the focal point of the Capital Center/Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre master development. The building comprises of commercial offices and hotel by Hyatt.
The ground-breaking form of Capital Gate is not only due to its lean, but also to its funnel shape. The tower widens as it spirals upwards and outwards. Due to its strange design each hotel room is unique in size and shape, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let guests soak up the best of the sweeping views of the city below.
It is the first building in the world to use a pre-cambered core with a built-in lean of 350 millimeters that has been engineered to straighten with the addition of the upper floors. It is also the first building in the world to use vertical post-tensioning of the core to counter movement and support stresses created by the building’s overhang.
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