Capital Gate

  • LocationAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Completion2009
  • ClientAbu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)
  • ArchitectRMJM
  • General ContractorAl Habtoor

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The Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi holds the world record for world's furthest leaning building, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Dramatically inclined 18 degrees (14 degrees more than the leaning tower of Pisa) and standing 160m tall and clad with 23,000m² of uniquely shaped triangular panels over 34 floors. The building is adorned with a sculptural ‘splash’ flowing down to form the entrance canopy and over the adjacent grandstand. The tower is part of the Capital Centre, a Micro-City which provides space to live and work and is connected directly to the grounds of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The triangular construction of the main structure was constructed by positioning 700 elements, predominantly triangular, with diamond-shaped profiles, all of which were prefabricated on site. The complex geometry involved meant that the dimensions of each of the 12,000 triangular panes of insulating glass is unique. Capital Gate was the largest single order for Waagner Biro Steel and Glass at the time of contract.