10 Amazing Modern Architectural Wonders

Capital Gate – Abu Dhabi, UAE

This leaning tour in the UAE puts the Tower of Pisa to shame. Capital Gate, a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, is designed with a striking lean. At 160 m (520 ft) tall with 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city and inclines 18° to the west.

In June 2010, Guinness World Records certified Capital Gate as the “World’s Furthest Leaning Man-Made Tower.” The record shows that the Capital Gate has been built to lean more than four times that of the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen.

How does the tower stand without toppling over? The gravitational pressure caused by the 18° incline is countered by a technique called pre-cambered core, which uses a core of concrete reinforced with steel that is deliberately built slightly off-center. It is also anchored to the ground by 490 piles, which are drilled 20–30 meters underground.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel – Beijing, China

In the hotel industry, 2015 is a year of remarkable openings and re-openings. While the Middle East continues to wow, China is rising as a hospitality hotspot. Two amazing architectural feats are set to debut in Beijing this year. One of the most awe-inspiring is certainly the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in Beijing.

On the edge of a lake, 60 kilometers outside of Beijing is a building with the ultimate feng shui. “Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolises harmony, unity and infinity. From the side, the hotel is shaped like a scallop, which represents ‘fortune’ in Chinese culture. The front view is that of the ‘Rising Sun,’ which is symbolic of the ‘fast-developing economy of China.’ The main entrance of the hotel is shaped like the mouth of a fish, which is symbolic of ‘prosperity,'” says the hotel’s official press release.

The hotel is covered with an exterior of 10,000 glass panels that stretch to a span of 18,075 sq.m. They are arranged in such a manner that the top portion of the building reflects the color of the sky, the middle reflects the Yanshan Mountains and the bottom reflects the lake.