Capital Gate is already regarded as a new architectural landmark - especially in the Middle East -, a milestone of engineering. It was not only the largest ever single order in the history of Waagner-Biro’s steel and glass engineering division, the tower is also in the Guinness Book of World Records. Because of its skewed structure, it apparently mocks gravity and is recognized as the most crooked tower in the world (it leans 14 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa).
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.
Capital Gate rises to a height of 160m. Its steel and glass façade covers 23,000m2 over 34 floors. The triangular construction of the main structure was formed by bringing into position 700 elements. These elements are predominantly triangular with diamond-shaped profiles and were pre-fabricated at the location. The complex geometry involved means the dimensions of each of the 12,000 triangular panes of insulating glass is unique.
Facts & Figures
- Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates
- Business area
- Project Type
- Free Form Structures
- Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)
- General Contractor
- Al Habtoor