World’s Furthest Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is the world’s most famous leaning tower. However, when it comes to leaning, it can no longer claim to going the furthest.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in ItalyThe world's furthest leaning tower, Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Recently, the honor of the furthest leaning tower goes to the Capital Gate building in Abu Dhabi. The tower, which leans at 18 degrees westward (nearly five times that of the Tower of Pisa, which leans at 4 degrees eastward), is certified as the World’s Furthest Leaning Man-made Tower by the Guinness World Records.

So how did they build it? According to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), who developed the 35-story, 525-foot tower, the building’s floor plates are stacked vertically until the 12th floor, after which point they are “staggered over each other by between 300mm to 1400mm.” ADNEC says Capital Gate also features “the world’s first known use of a ‘pre-cambered’ core, which contains more than 15,000 cubic meters of concrete reinforced with 10,000 tons of steel.”

The Capital Gate tower is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010.

The world's furthest leaning tower, Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi, UAE

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