Friday, August 10, 2012

City Within a City - Capital Gate

Guinness Record holder, Capital Gate building of Abu Dhabi in UAE features exemplary architecture with more than seven hundred diamond shaped glazing panels - all different due to the unique architectural 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. The building is a historic and iconic tower that has lined the skies of the United Arab Emirates.

This 160 meter, 35 floor tower is an iconic 'gateway' into the city, reflecting Abu Dhabi's ambition, identity and values through its unique past and futuristic design. Capital Gate accommodates the 5-star 'Hyatt at Capital Centre' hotel and also houses 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' built around the buzzing Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Capital Gate has an incredible 18 degree inclination, compared to the 4 degree inclination of leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. Capital Gate has been designed by Edinburgh-based architects RMJM. The tower forms the focal point of the Capital Centre development, an AED8 billion business and residential micro city being constructed around the thriving Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The Capital Gate tower features other innovative construction techniques including the world’s first known use of a ‘pre-cambered’ core, which contains more than 15,000 cubic metres of concrete reinforced with 10,000 tons of steel. The core, deliberately built slightly off centre, has straightened as the building has risen, compressing the concrete and giving it strength, and moving into (vertical) position as the weight of the floors has been added. Ovoid forms and futuristic styling define the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre’s exhibition halls and concourse.


Jeremy Hassler said...

The building is a historic and iconic tower that has lined the skies of the United Arab Emirates.

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Steven Stewart said...

It was such a feat in constructing the title holder of the Worlds Most Leaned Building. Genius design I would say.

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