[FIRST LOOK] Abu Dhabi’s own leaning tower, Capital Gate, has topped out its central core at its final height of 160 metres
Leaning at 18 degrees, 14 degrees more than the leaning tower of Pisa, Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel with 189 rooms, office space and a cantilevered teahouse.
The tower is being constructed on a concrete raft and comprises a complex steel diagrid, which in turn sits on a distribution of 490 piles drilled 30m underground.
Capital Gate is the focal tower of the Capital City development a £1.3 billion business and residential ‘micro city’.
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Type Of Project: Mixed-use commercial, residential and Hyatt hotel
Structural Engineers: RMJM
Project Architect: Tony Archibold, Associate Director, RMJM
Design Team: Jeff Schofield, Senior Design Architect, RMJM and Neil Van Der Veen, Associate Director, RMJM
Funding: Part of 8 billion AED Capital Centre developments
Tender date: April 2007
Start on site date: August 2007
Contract duration: Until Dec 2010
Gross internal floor area: 50,000m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: FIDIC
M&e consultant: RMJM
Quantity surveyor: Hanscomb
Lighting consultant: DPA Lighting
Main contractor: Al Habtoor Engineering
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Eversendai (structural Steel), Waagner Biro (Facade), ETA (MEP)
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