Saturday, October 31, 2009

Leaning tower of Abu Dhabi - Capital Gate, ADNEC

I shall never forget the first time I was driven past this building ... Disbelief! I chuckled ... I've grown fond of it! It looks especially "leany" when viewed from the side of the American Embassy, which was where I shot the below.

Its part of the ADNEC development, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company.

What does 8 billion ringgit / dirham buy you?
I reckon ... It doesn't look like 18 degrees when viewed from the front / along the highway.
Capital Gate, which is being built by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), will lean 18 degrees westward, 14 degrees more than the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The design of the central core of the building, which slants in the opposite direction to the lean of the building, straightening as it grows, has never been attempted before.

Lets get a closer look!

Simon Horgan, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, the Master Developer of Capital Gate, said: "This is a landmark occasion in the construction of Capital Gate. The unique nature of this building has meant that the teams responsible for delivering Capital Gate have experienced some immense challenges, which they have overcome through vision, ingenuity and cooperation.There is nothing standard about this tower.
Each room is different, each pane of glazing is different and every angle is different. It was designed to provide no symmetry to inspire both visitors and observers, yet the delivery team, comprised of ADNEC, Al Habtoor Construction, MACE and RMJM, is consistently hitting target dates for delivery".
Capital Gate is scheduled for completion in autumn 2009. When complete it will house the executive 5 star hotel "Hyatt at Capital Centre", Abu Dhabi's first Hyatt hotel.

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