June 8, 2010 Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower -
The Capital Gate sets world record
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates --
The 35-story Capital Gate building, an office and hotel complex,
developed by the Abu
Dhabi National Exhibition Company, has an 18-degree slope
- setting the new world record for the Furthest
Leaning Man-made Tower (Most
Inclined Tower in The World).
Leaning Man-made Tower, owned and developed in the
UAE capital by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC),
has been built to lean 18 degrees westwards -- more than four
times that of the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
But unlike the tower in Pisa, the Capital
Gate building has been deliberately engineered to
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.
When completed by the end of this
year, Capital Gate, designed by Britain-based international
architecture firm RMJM, will house a five-star hotel and about
20,000 square meters of premium office space
In January, Dubai -- one of seven
emirates that make up the UAE -- unveiled the world's
tallest skyscraper: the $1.5 billion, 160-story Burj
Khalifa, which has a height of more than 800 meters (2,625