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By Greg Goodsell
6/10/2010 (9 years ago)
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Architects in Abu Dhabi create tower even more crooked

Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa is no longer the leader in terms of crooked buildings. Architects in Abu Dhabi have constructed a structure, the Capital Gate Building to lean even further. And unlike the structure in Italy, the building in Abu Dhabi is intended to lean that way - and is structurally and architecturally sound.

Unlike Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Capital Gate Building in Abu Dhabi  is intended to lean that way - and is structurally and architecturally sound.

Unlike Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Capital Gate Building in Abu Dhabi is intended to lean that way - and is structurally and architecturally sound.


By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (
6/10/2010 (9 years ago)

Published in Middle East

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Certified as being the "World's Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower" by Guinness World Records, the building leans at 18 degrees, which is nearly five times that of the Tower of Pisa, which leans at 4 degrees. The 35-story, 525-foot Capital Gate tower was built in order to draw attention to the nation's architectural know-how. How were they able to do it, you may ask? According to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, the building's floor plates are stacked vertically until the 12th floor, after which point they are "staggered over each other by between 300mm to 1400mm." ADNEC says the building also features "the world's first known use of a 'pre-cambered' core, which contains more than 15,000 cubic meters of concrete reinforced with 10,000 tons of steel." The building, according to its Web site, is "designed to provide no symmetry so it amazes inside and outside." The structure is also being touted as an iconic tower for the Emirates' capital, symbolizing the city's vision of the future. "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 of the foresight of the emirate," ADNEC's Chairman Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said in a statement. The Capital Gate tower is scheduled to be completed later this year.


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