Tower developers apply for world record status

Companies seek 'world's most inclined tower' title for Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi.
Tower developers apply for world record status
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 27 Oct 2008 12:55 PM

Developers behind the Capital Gate project in Abu Dhabi have submitted a joint application to the Guinness Book of Records to recognise the tower as the “most inclined in the world”.

Capital Gate leans westward an astonishing 18 degrees; by comparison the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans less than 4 degrees. Because of its posture, the tower is being constructed on top of an incredibly dense mesh of reinforced steel.

The dense mesh sits above an intensive distribution of 490 piles which have been drilled 30 metres underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.

The tower forms a major part of the Capital Centre development, a $2.2 billion business and residential micro city being constructed around the thriving Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), which is developing the iconic building, and RMJM, project architects, have made the application for the world record.

Simon Horgan, CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “Capital Gate will be a building that the world will talk about, not because it has surpassed another building as the world’s tallest, but because of its aesthetic splendour and technical achievement.”

Besides being believed to be the 'world's most inclined' building, Capital Gate also features 728 unique custom-made diamond-shaped glazing panels.

Due to the structure's curving shape, each pane of glass is different and each will be fitted at a slightly different angle.

Capital Gate will accommodate the five-star Hyatt at Capital Centre hotel and office space.

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