Dow Corning sealant helps create world’s most inclined tower

The Capital Centre development in Abu Dhabi features a façade constructed from 23,000-sq.m. of glass and steel, is 35 stories high and 160 meters tall, with floor plates staggered from the tenth floor upwards that give off a different appearance when viewed from any direction.
Silicone construction sealant manufactured by Dow Corning Corp. has helped create this most inclined, and one of the most unique, towers in the world.

Silicone construction sealant manufactured by Dow Corning Corp. has helped create the most inclined, and one of the most unique, towers in the world.
The Capital Centre development in Abu Dhabi features a façade constructed from 23,000-sq.m. of glass and steel, is 35 stories high and 160 meters tall, with floor plates staggered from the tenth floor upwards that give off a different appearance when viewed from any direction.
“The relentless pursuit of silicon-based innovations for the construction industry enables us to provide effective solutions for projects like Capital Gate,” said Tim Efthimiady, Europe Construction commercial director, Dow Corning. “We are committed to leveraging our 60 years of experience and knowledge of curtain wall structural glazing, building assembly and sealant systems, weather proofing solutions, and insulating glass assembly to contribute to the creation of world-class architecture.”
The tower is scheduled to be completed this year and features a 189-room, 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate hotel, along with 15,000 sq.m. of exclusive office space in Abu Dhabi, the capital and second largest city in the United Arab Emirates.
The USD 2.2 billion building leans westward 18°, about 4° more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Dow Corning used two sealants and quality bond on the Capital Gate building, which leans and twists like a corkscrew as it reaches skywards after the 10th floor.
“This project was particularly challenging given that each glass unit was unique which required careful and precise management by our production team,” said Jabr Doshan, deputy general manager of White Aluminum, a certified member of Dow Corning’s Quality Bond initiative, in a statement. “The sensitive solar control low-E coating was applied onto the glass by the glass manufacturer ‘Cardinal’ in the US. We removed the coating from the edges during cutting to avoid contact with the silicone.”