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Height: Occupied
152.3 m / 500 ft
 
Height: To Tip
164.7 m / 540 ft
Height: Architectural
164.7 m / 540 ft
 
Capital Gate Tower Outline
Height: Observatory
88.4 m / 290 ft
Height: Helipad
164.6 m / 540 ft
Floors Above Ground
36
Floors Below Ground
1
# of Elevators
16
Top Elevator Speed
3.5 m/s
Tower GFA
53,100 m² / 571,564 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms
189

Facts

Official Name Capital Gate Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map Khaleej Al Arabi
Postal Code 5564
Building Function hotel / office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
Official Website Capital Gate Tower
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #253 Tallest in Middle East
City Ranking #33 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer ADNEC Group
Architect
Design RMJM
Structural Engineer
Design RMJM
MEP Engineer
Design RMJM
Project Manager Mace Limited
Main Contractor Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises
Other Consultant
• (not specified) Hyder Consulting
• Building Monitoring Kinemetrics Inc.
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Steel Eversendai Engineering Qatar

About Capital Gate Tower

The Tower’s curvaceous shape draws strongly on the sea and desert—two elements that have great resonance in Abu Dhabi. The building’s form represents a swirling spiral of sand. The curved canopy, known as the “Splash,” which runs over the adjoining grandstand and rises up on one side of the building, creates a wave-like effect while shading the façade.

The tower was constructed with an 18 degree westward lean, holding the Guinness World Record for the “world’s furthest leaning manmade tower.” The floor plates change shape and orientation to create the distinctive overhang moving from “curved triangular” to “curved rectangular,” while increasing in overall size and migrating from east to west as they progress up the tower. The building has a completely asymmetric shape—no two rooms are the same and all 12,500 panes of glass on the façade are a different size. A diagrid structural system was utilized in which all 8,250 steel diagrid members are of different thicknesses, length and orientation and each of the 822 diagrid nodes are of a different size and angular configuration.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Leads Discussions at Cityscape Abu Dhabi
May 2012 – Event Report

Research Papers

An Overview of Structural & Aesthetic Developments in Tall Buildings Using Exterior Bracing & Diagrid Systems
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4

The Emergence of the Diagrid - It’s All About the Node
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4

The Use of Stainless Steel in Second-Skin Façades
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III

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Papers Related to Capital Gate Tower

Papers Related to Capital Gate Tower

An Overview of Structural & Aesthetic Developments in Tall Buildings Using Exterior Bracing & Diagrid Systems
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4; Kheir Al-Kodmany, University of Illinois; Mir M. Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
There is much architectural and engineering literature which discusses the virtues of exterior bracing and diagrid systems in regards to sustainability - two systems…
The Emergence of the Diagrid - It’s All About the Node
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo
The diagrid structural system for constructing tall buildings is a recent invention. Debuting in 2004 with the construction of the Swiss Re Tower in London, this…
The Use of Stainless Steel in Second-Skin Façades
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III; Catherine Houska, TMR Consulting
Exterior walls are being transformed from relatively simple climate-defensive mechanisms to more active membranes that screen weather to reduce energy requirements.
Case Study: Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
Jun 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; Jeff Schofield, RMJM
Throughout history, a strong link has existed between iconic architecture and exhibitions. In 2005, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was created to…

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