View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi Tops World’s Most Precarious Buildings

Web Urbanist, which specializes in ‘sensational, educational, inspirational art, dynamic design and visual culture,’ has Abu Dhabi’s Capital Gate Tower at the top of its list of precarious-looking architecture.

It is being built 18 degrees out from the vertical while in comparison, Pisa’s famous tower leans at 3.99 degrees.

Arch Daily reported back in May 2009 that “Capital Gate, the iconic leaning building in Abu Dhabi, reached [the] halfway point.”

This article provides more detail on the architectural keys to how such a lean is possible, the chief features of the new building and some of the anticipated businesses that the tower will house.

Don’t Look Down: 10 Peculiarly Precarious Modern Buildings, Web Urbanist, 22 September 2009. See the other nine precarious-looking buildings.

In Progress: Capital Gate by RMJM, Most Leaning Building in the World, Arch Daily, 29 May 2009.

On Related Sites
The Things that Jump Out of Fujairah Dumpsters, Fujairah in Focus, 28 September 2009.

Readying Al Hamra Island for the America’s Cup in UAE 2010, America’s Cup in the UAE, 28 September 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: Capital Gate in the richest city in the world.