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Next Gen Leaning Architecture

The 'Capital Gate' in Abu Dhabi

— October 31, 2008 — World
With all of the Middle Eastern architectural opulence featured on Trend Hunter alone, it’s hard to imagine a structural category that has not already been beefed up by Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Iran. Developers Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, however, have found a spare spot in the record books in which Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi will carve its niche.

Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi will be the world’s most inclined tower when it finishes construction. Consider that the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a landmark renowned for its signature slant, leans at about four degrees. Capital Gate will lean a whopping 18 degrees--an incredible undertaking when wind, gravity and seismic activity are all considered.
Trend Themes
1. Inclined Architecture - The trend of designing buildings with significant inclinations, such as Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, presents disruptive innovation opportunities in structural engineering and architecture.
2. Extreme Lean - The trend of creating buildings with extreme tilts, like the 18-degree lean of Capital Gate, provides disruptive innovation opportunities in construction and building stability technologies.
3. Middle Eastern Opulence - The trend of opulent architectural designs in the Middle East, exemplified by Capital Gate, offers disruptive innovation opportunities in luxury real estate and tourism industries.
Industry Implications
1. Structural Engineering - The industry of structural engineering can leverage the trend of inclined architecture, as seen in Capital Gate, to explore innovative designs and methodologies for creating stable and functional buildings.
2. Construction - The construction industry can explore disruptive innovations, inspired by the extreme lean of buildings like Capital Gate, to develop new techniques and materials for building stability and safety.
3. Luxury Real Estate - The luxury real estate industry can capitalize on the trend of Middle Eastern opulence in architecture, as showcased by Capital Gate, by creating unique and luxurious properties that cater to high-end clientele.
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