Inclined to stay here?

30 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

The forthcoming
Hyatt at Capital Centre in Abu Dhabi looks set to become a record breaker for
being housed in the world’s most inclined building.

The 200-room hotel
will be located within Capital Gate, a 35-storey building which once completed
will lean 18 degrees from vertical – in comparison the leaning Tower of Pisa inclines “only” four degrees. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) is
believed to have applied to Guinness World Records to have Capital Gate recognised
as “the world’s most inclined building”.

Designed by architects
RMJM (responsible for the Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre), the leaning
structure has been made possible using a building technique known as “diagrid
technology”, similar to the technique used in the construction of the Swiss Re
building (aka The Gherkin) in London. Adnec will no doubt hope that the
striking building will become an icon for Abu Dhabi, in the same way that the
Burj Al Arab (with its distinctive sail shape) has in Dubai.

Construction of
the building has reached level eight, with the project due for completion later
this year. The tower forms part of the Capital Gate Centre, a $2.2bn business
and residential “micro city”.

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Report by Mark

Images: RMJM

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