Sunday, June 06, 2010

Capital Gate vs Pisa Tower

Capital Gate, the project, owned and developed in the UAE capital by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), has been built to lean 18 degrees westwards is indeed the most and furthest leaning manmade tower after being certified by the Guinness World Records dethroning the longest record holder, the Pisa Tower (Torre pendente di Pisa)
The project is expected to finish this year after a rigorous work done since 2007 and it will house the five star Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel and some 20,000 mm2 office space.
With the advancement of technology in architecture, designing such magnificent tower seems to be a piece of cake for RMJM who designed it.
Capital Gate building is a landmark development for Abu Dhabi and gaining such recognition from Guinness marks it in history.
On the otherhand, the tower of Pisa, having been a leaning tower from time immemorial has so much to boast of its history. Not at all an office building nor a hotel but a Campanile, or freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Italian City of Pisa was built over three stages over 177 years. It has no elevators and it is a major attraction in Pisa,Italy.
The construction started in 1173, the Pisa tower started sinking in 1178 after reaching its third floor due to foundation being set in a weak unstable subsoil. In 1272, contruction begin again and more floors were added. In 1319, the seventh floor was completed and only in 1372 that the bell chamber was added. The largest bell was installed in 1655. From 1990 to 2001 after almost 10 years of structural restrengthening, the tower is undergoing gradual surface restoration.
The identity of the architech has long been a controversy.


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