Close to the „Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre“ the Architects „RMJM“ designed an inclined cantilever „Feature Tower“ with an organic steel-glass-facade. The tower has a polygonal ground area and curls and twists its glass-cladding for one degree per level. Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG modeled, created, produced and assembled this 24 m cantilever cladding. The building contains large-sized elements called „Diamonds“ that are fixed at the outside wall over to levels. Those „Diamonds“ are single squares that consists of 18 triangles and 33 single bars and that are located on their edges.
CAPITAL GATE has been built to lean 18 degrees westwards – has been certified as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower,’ by Guinness World Records
CAPITAL GATE’s status as one of the world’s most complex engineering projects has been further endorsed by a recent exclusive National Geographic television documentary. The ‘Megastructures’ programme devoted to the project – ‘The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi’ – has been translated into 44 languages and will be broadcast in 166 countries reaching a potential audience of 200 million viewers. ‘The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi’ is due to air in the Middle East next month.
The gravitational pressure caused by the incline is countered using a core of concrete reinforced with steel that was built slightly off-centre. There are also 490 piles drilled 20-30 metres underground to anchor the building.
“CAPITAL GATE has been a true design-and-build project from the very start. There have been numerous challenges, which I am pleased to say we have surmounted thanks to a structured partnering programme and the hard work and commitment of everyone involved. Both ADNEC and our partners have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to create an iconic structure which is not only distinctive in appearance but also extremely functional,” said His Excellency Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, ADNEC’s Managing Director