Giant glass panels arrive for the leaning tower of Abu Dhabi

The world’s biggest flatbed delivers diamond-shaped glazing panels for the RMJM-designed Capital Gate buildingMonster glass panels for Abu Dhabi’s ‘leaning tower’ development have arrived on what the project team claims is the world’s biggest flat bed truck.

The panels are for the Capital Gate building, which architect RMJM recently submitted for the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘world’s most inclined building’.

It has a tilt of 18 degrees – over four times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Capital Gate is the centrepiece of the £1.5bn Capital Centre scheme, a business and residential in the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi.

In coming weeks, the specially constructed 35 tonne, 4m wide truck, will bring 728 unique custom-made diamond-shaped glazing panels to the site. Each to be fitted at a slightly different angle. The first two glazing panels, weighing approximately 5 tonnes each, arrived this week. The delivery required the closure of three lanes of the northbound Coast Road motorway running from Mussafah to Abu Dhabi, with police escort.

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600450 Giant glass panels arrive for the leaning tower of Abu Dhabi
Date: 3 March 2009

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