Capital Gate Building is a striking skyscraper in the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. This building is noted for its unique leaning design, a departure from many of the vertically standing skyscrapers people usually see in the skyline. It is adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and is considered as one of the tallest buildings in the city. Because of its unique 18-degree leaning design, it is the focal point of the master development of the surrounding area.
Capital Gate History
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company was planning to develop an area where the building now stood. It needed a skyscraper that will become the focal point of the whole area distinctive from the other locations in the city. It decided upon a plan to erect a skyscraper with a unique leaning design instead of one that just shoots up vertically to the sky. The designer of the building was Dubai’s RMJM architectural firm.
Work on the Capital Gate started around 2007. By May of 2009, it reached the height of 100 meters where the incline then starts to take shape. By October of 2009, the building was able to reach its final height of 160 meters. Completion of the exterior core structure was done by December of the same year. After works on the interior, link bridge to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre and other building features, the Capital Gate was eventually completed and opened to the public by December of 2011.
Capital Gate Features
Capital Gate is a 160-meter or 520-feet skyscraper. Capital Gate has a total of 35 floors and a total floor area of 53,100 sq. meters or 572,000 sq. ft. It features a diagrid design that can absorb and channel the forces created by the wind and seismic movement. It is considered to be the first building in the Middle East to use such a design. The 18-degree incline is possible due to an engineering method that allows each floor to stack up in a staggered manner from the 12th storey up gradually from 300mm to 1400mm. Because of this, Capital Gate was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s furthest leaning man-made tower,” taking the place of the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen.