Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi is set to enter the Guinness Book of Records
as the 'world's most inclined tower.' It will lean 4 times as far as
Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Capital Gate will accommodate the 5-star Hyatt at Capital Centre hotel
and will provide the most exclusive office space in Abu Dhabi. 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.
The new 200 room, 5-star hotel to be operated by Hyatt International
will open in late 2009 and will be the first Hyatt operated hotel in
the UAE capital. In recognition of its significance and its stature,
Hyatt International has named the hotel 'Hyatt at Capital Centre'. It
will be one of the most exclusive business hotels in the world. Hyatt
International already operates 3 luxury hotels in Dubai, UAE under the
brands Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency.
Capital Gate leans westward an astonishing 18 degrees; by comparison
the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans less than 4 degrees. Because of its
unique 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 meters underground
to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by
the lean of the building.
Its graceful, asymmetric diagonal structure, known as a 'diagrid',
supports the tilting external load of the building and we believe that
this is the first building in the world to use a pre-cambered core.
Other diagrid buildings include the Hearst Tower in NYC and the
Gherkin in London.
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
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