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Infernal_Elf Jun 6, 2010 7:48 PM

ABU DHABI | Capital Gate | 160m 35 floors
capital gate in Abu Dhabi the leaning tower this tower is as of today topped out at 160 meters with a mind boggling 18 degrees of slant from top to bottom.

which makes it the high rise in the world with the biggest angle from top to bottom

it is Abu dhabi`s answer to the leaning tower of Pisa which has an accidential slant of 3.97 degrees because of bad ground.

Capital Gate contains 35 storeys with floors 2 - 16 comprising office space. Floors 18 onwards will house the 189-room, exclusive ‘Hyatt Capital Gate’ hotel.
Floors 1 and 17 comprise plant rooms.

o Total Built-up Area: 53,100 sqm
o Total Office Area: 20,900 sqm
o Total Hotel Area: 25,050 sqm
o Approximately 7,000 m3 of concrete used in the foundation, which contains 490 piles drilled up to 30m deep.


Honouring the past, celebrating the future

Great cities need great buildings. Over time, these iconic buildings become visual statements of the era and the place they represent.

Capital Gate, the focal point of Capital Centre, was conceived to provide Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a signature tower that signifies the city’s progress and evolution. At the same time, Capital Gate pays tribute to the legacy of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE and the Father of the Nation. from the homepage


home page of the tower

info on the homepage of the architects behind the tower


additional sources



Infernal_Elf Jun 9, 2010 8:23 PM

article about the tower on gulf news homepage

J. Will Jun 9, 2010 8:30 PM

Wow. That's really cool looking.

Yael Jun 15, 2010 12:06 AM

I really liked the Design of the Tower, and it's just like the Render!!!:)

Infernal_Elf Jun 24, 2010 3:43 PM

thanks to O2jam.KR for adding a drawing to the Abu Dhabi diagram

Infernal_Elf Jul 16, 2010 11:57 PM

news update on the leaning tower from cnn

(CNN) -- Chalk another record to the United Arab Emirates' collection.

The Capital Gate building in the desert kingdom's capital, Abu Dhabi, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the "World's Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower."

How far does it lean? Nearly five times farther than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

The 35-story Abu Dhabi building has an 18-degree slope, compared with four degrees for the freestanding bell tower.

But unlike the tower in Pisa, the Capital Gate building has been deliberately engineered to slant.
Video: UAE tower gets Guinness record

The floor plates are stacked vertically up to the 12th floor, after which they are staggered over each other by between 300 mm to 1,400 mm -- giving the tower its lean, the owners said.

"It is a signature building which speaks to the foresight of the emirate," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon al Nahyan, the chairman of the building's owner, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company.
# More CNN news in Arabic

The mixed-use building will be ready for occupancy at the end of the year. It is featured in a new National Geographic documentary, called "Megastructures."


youtube video taken from a program about the building on national geographic

Infernal_Elf Feb 22, 2011 6:24 PM

This can be moved to completed now i believe here are some pictures of the fantastic finished building taken from various Flickr photographers
Capital Gate by Paolo Rosa, on Flickr
Capital Gate by Paolo Rosa, on Flickr
Capital Gate by Endika Lazkano Iriondo, on Flickr
Mike's conference in the world's most curved building, Capital Gate Tower, Abu Dhabi by mike_and_courtney, on Flickr

Coldrsx Jul 25, 2011 4:53 PM

Saw 'mega-structures' on the weekend of them building this... unbelievable.

Hypothalamus Apr 16, 2014 7:48 PM


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