Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi’s record-breaking leaning tower, has been named Best Overall Project of the Year 2011 and Best Commercial / Mixed Use Project at the Cityscape Global Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets. The awards were presented on 27thSeptember, at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.
The iconic 35-storey, 160m Capital Gate tower - built to lean 18 degrees westwards, is owned and developed by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) and designed by global architecture firm, RMJM. It forms the focal point of ADNEC’s Capital Centre master-planned development in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
“Capital Gate is an icon for Abu Dhabi. The global acclaim the project continues to attract pay tribute to the team work and outstanding commitment of all those involved in making this visionary project a reality,” said His Excellency Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, ADNEC’s Managing Director.
The Cityscape awards follow a string of other accolades for Capital Gate including the Guinness World Record for ‘furthest leaning manmade tower,’ and were collected by Sanjay Tanna, ADNEC’s Director of Business Development & Investments, and Chris Jones, RMJM Middle East Managing Principal.
“RMJM are delighted to receive these awards for the Capital Gate tower project. In close collaboration with ADNEC, our team at RMJM Middle East have provided comprehensive design, engineering and supervision services to deliver a truly unique, innovative and iconic development,” said Chris Jones, RMJM Middle East Managing Principal.
The tower’s status as one of the world’s most complex architectural and engineering projects has also been endorsed via features on Discovery Channel and the exclusive ‘Megastructures’ documentary on National Geographic Channel.
Jonathan Knight, RMJM Middle East Design Principal, said: “Capital Gate is an excellent example of RMJM’s design and in-house engineering capabilities and we are honoured that it has won a Cityscape award.
“The complex tower provides Abu Dhabi with a signature building that highlights the city’s growth and progression.”
Capital Gate houses the soon to be opened, five-star ‘Hyatt Capital Gate’ hotel, as well as approximately 15,000m2 of high quality office space.
Hyatt Capital Gate will offer upscale business travellers a unique experience with its luxurious rooms, contemporary interiors, innovative dining outlets and impeccable service. The hotel’s sky lobby cantilevers 80 metres above-ground; the lounge and swimming pool at the hotel, present panoramic views of the city.
Capital Gate’s dramatic steel and glass façade provides a unique presence on the Abu Dhabi skyline with its 18 degree lean, four times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. On the exteriora sculptural stainless steel ‘splash’ flows up the tower. This provides efficient solar shading to the most exposed facade and at low level forms a new shaded canopy to the historic Grandstand that accommodates dignitaries and visitors during outdoor events. A free form internal atrium with a dynamic glass roof brings natural light deep into the tower. External lighting is designed to minimise both light pollution and energy consumption.