UAE’s Capital Gate – World’s Furthest Leaning Tower
Capital Gate, an office and hotel complex in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) set for completion by the end of 2010, has been certified as the World’s Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower by Guinness World Records, a local business journal reported Sunday.
The building, 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, Arabian Business said in a report on its website.
It has earned the Guinness recognition after rigorous evaluation by the Awards committee since January this year, when the exterior of the 160-meter and 35-story tower was completed, the report said.
“Capital Gate is a landmark development for Abu Dhabi and with this recognition the tower takes its place among the world’s great buildings. It is a signature building which speaks to the fore- sight of the emirate,” ADNEC Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan was quoted as saying.
The building’s floor plates are stacked vertically up to the 12th storey after which, they are staggered over each other by between 300mm to 1,400mm giving rise to its dramatic lean, according to Arabian Business.
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, the report said.