New York City's Skyline May Get Even More Interesting With The "Big Bend"

By Jeffrey Shao on April 16, 2017

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Big Bend (Photo Credit: Oiio Studio)

New York City’s impressive skyline that includes iconic structures like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, may get even more interesting with the addition of the “Big Bend.” The tall and slender U-shaped residential tower is the brainchild of Oiio Studio, an architectural firm with offices in Manhattan and Athens.

BIg Bend on 57th street (Photo Credit: Oiio Studio)

Greek architect Ioannis Oiaonomou says his design is inspired by an innovative track changing system that will allow future elevators to travel vertically, horizontally, as well as in curves. Oiaonomou was also motivated by the fact that tall structures tend to garner higher prices since buyers correlate height with prestige. However, since New York City’s strict zoning laws forbid buildings beyond a certain height, the architect wondered if he could achieve the same effect by substituting height with length, and build a longer structure instead of a taller one.

Big Bend would change New York City’s skyline (Photo Credit: Ooii,com)

A one-of-a-kind U-shaped building such as the “Big Bend” would not just bypass the zoning laws but also rank among the city’s most prestigious buildings, especially since it will be located on Manhattan’s 57th street. Often known as Billionaire’s Row, it is home to some of New York City’s most luxurious and expensive residential buildings.

4,000-feet-long Big Bend would be the world’s longest tower (Photo Credit: Ooii Studio)

If the 4,000-foot-long (1,220 meters) “Big Bend” does become a reality, it will also lay claim to being the world’s longest structure! While there are some skeptics, Oiaonomou is confident that the skinny skyscraper, whose only real estate needs will be two narrow plots on either side of a historic building on 57th street, will be very attractive to investors and developers, as well as buyers seeking a distinguished place to live.

Resources: oiistudio.com, architectural digest.com, dezeen.com

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  • poftimTuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:00 am
    The U-bend!
    • sirmeowsalot
      sirmeowsalotWednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm
      man4,000ft that's crazy
      • WesMonday, June 12, 2017 at 9:13 am
        It looks a little out of place next to all the smaller buildings, maybe it could be put somewhere else
        • evaizabooknerd
          evaizabooknerdFriday, June 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm
          Wow. I have never been to NYC but my dad has. I have always wanted to! This is amazing and I definitely want to see it once they build it.
          • physicist
            physicistThursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:50 am
            Man, that building was 4,000ft. Tall. It makes me want to see it.
            • dab candy minerTuesday, June 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm
              4000 feet long is amazing #DAB
              • coolestMonday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 am
                cool
                • EshikaFriday, June 2, 2017 at 8:14 am
                  I love it
                  • DanaKc Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:07 am
                    That is so cool 😎
                    • cfhfrifififjgviWednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                      the building is not real yet

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