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The iconic Capital Gate tower has been honoured with the Best Commercial High-rise Development in the Arab Region at the International Property Awards 2015. The tower, which acts as the centrepiece of the renowned ADNEC development, was selected from almost 500 entries in the architecture category from 75 countries. Judging was carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of over 70 experts focusing on design, innovation, and originality.
Part of the ADNEC development, with the Capital Gate in the background
The Capital Gate tower, which holds the record for the furthest leaning man-made building in the world, was honoured for its innovative architecture and sustainable and eco-friendly design. At an incline of 18 degrees, the Capital Gate leans four times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The tower stands as a testament to the level of development and progress achieved by the UAE capital.
The Capital Gate is distinguished by a dramatic steel and glass facade with a striking organic form. With a cantilevered tea lounge and open air pool deck, the tower provides a unique presence on the skyline of Abu Dhabi and creates a memorable identity to the exhibition centre. A sculptural stainless steel ‘splash’ flows down the front and at low-level forms the hotel entrance canopy, flowing over the existing grandstand and acting as a solar shading device for both the building and the grandstand seating.
The Capital Gate’s dramatic ‘splash facade’
At over 160m tall, the building stands 35 storeys high and offers over 16,000 sqm of high-quality office space, as well as Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel, ‘The Hyatt@Capital Centre’.
Open to residential and commercial properties and professionals from around the world, the International Property Awards acknowledge the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. The International Property Awards mark the largest and most prestigious property competition in the world.
A shot of the Capital Gate’s unique interior and ‘skylight’
The venue attracted 1.6 million people across 327 events in 2014 and has won over 75 awards since first opening in 2011. Some of these distinctions include the Sustainability Award at the AEO Excellence Awards, Venue of the Year for ExCeL London at the AEO Excellence Awards, Exhibition Venue of the Year at Event Awards, Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre at World Travel Awards, Best Middle East Exhibition for IDEX at Middle East Events Awards, Best Meetings & Conference Centre in the Middle East for Al Ain Convention Centre at Business Destinations Travel Awards, and Best Commercial High Rise Development – Capital Gate at Arabian Property Awards.