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The Leaning Hyatt of Abu Dhabi Reaches Halfway Mark

June 3, 2009 at 8:57 AM | by | ()

As you can see from the on-site construction image above, the insane-crazy idea of building the world's most leaning structure as the Hyatt Abu Dhabi is well under way. In fact, it's more than under way, it's half done!

Officially to be called the Hyatt at Capital Centre, it will boast of 200 hotel rooms and 14 degrees more leaning than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There will also be a swimming pool:

A gigantic internal atrium, including a tea lounge and swimming pool suspended 263 feet above the ground, has been constructed on the 17th and 18th floors, the halfway point of the 35-story, 525-foot tall tower. This milestone offered the designers their toughest architectural challenge and it is at this point that the unique lean of the structure becomes evident.

As if creating a glass-covered, gravity-defying structure wasn't gimmicky enough to attract tourists to this hotel of all of them in the UAE, they had to go and add a dramatic internal atrium. Okay—we've fallen for it; a suspended tea lounge sounds amazing, but we won't be rushing to book a leaning room here anytime soon. Such an innovative structure can't be completed quickly like a typical hotel; we're guessing 2011 for this baby.

[Images: Hyatt Abu Dhabi]

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