Manhattan’s skyline is about to reach new heights – and take a turn in direction.
Concept drawings for the world’s first U-shaped skyscraper in New York City have been unveiled this week. The Big Bend – described as the ‘longest building in the world’ – would reportedly reach an apex before curving back down.
Moreover, the skyscraper would feature an elevator system that can travel in curves, horizontally and in loops. The ambitious project is designed by Ioannis Oikonomou and his Oiio Studio.
The studio explains: “New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximize their property’s height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall? If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan.”
The Big Bend has been envisioned as a glass-lined tower 4,000 feet long on New York City’s 57th Street. When it comes to its height, the impressive skyscraper will surpass even Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
The world-renowned design team adds: “We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by it’s price per square foot. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive. The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan. We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky.”