New Abu Dhabi tower and Hyatt hotel crowned “world’s furthest leaning”

Usually, when you think “leaning tower”, the Leaning Tower of Pisa comes to mind – but a new tower in Abu Dhabi is well on its way to changing that. The 35 story Capital Gate leans an insane 18 degrees – a whole 13 more than the Pisa tower.

The tower was crowned “world’s furthest leaning” by the Guinness Book of World Records on June 5th. But the best part is that this building is more than just a new skyscraper on the Abu Dhabi skyline – you’ll soon be able to spend the night in one of its rooms, thanks to the 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate.

With 189 rooms (including 1 diplomatic and 1 2,475 sq. ft. presidential suite), this luxury hotel is set to offer some of the best views ever thanks to its floor to ceiling windows. The hotel is also home to five restaurants, including an 18th floor tea lounge. The Hyatt Capital Gate is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2010.


Leaning Tower of Pisa gets trumped

When we think of leaning buildings, it’s pretty obvious where our minds go — to Italy, where the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been making photos look off-kilter for years. But the Leaning Tower of Pisa is no longer the structure with the most pronounced lean — The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that a 13th-century church tower in the village of Suurhusen in Germany is the tower that leans the most.

The German tower leans 5.19 degrees, whereas the tower in Pisa only leans a paltry 3.97 degrees. The German tower is still in use, and gives out guided tours in order to raise money for the building’s upkeep.

(Via Neatorama)