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


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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.

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  • sky_dragon
    sky_dragonover 2 years
    So cool!
    • zaks
      zaksover 2 years
      Cool, I would like to see that sometime (if I ever visit New York).
      • loveheartsover 3 years
        i want to,too
        • sp1006926
          sp1006926over 3 years
          I WANT TO LIVE IN IT 😬
          • SupDawg.-.over 3 years
            WOW this is the most longest biulding in the world.
            • sp1006926
              sp1006926over 3 years
              That look so cool 😮 😯
              • E-girlover 3 years
                It would be cool but,I dont think they should take down the buildings that were there first just for this one tall tower that could probably break down any moment if they do something wrong.
                • hutucevenolova
                  hutucevenolovaabout 4 years
                  How are they going to build the curve without it falling down into the construction zone.
                  • kellencatmaster
                    kellencatmasterabout 4 years
                    I can't imagine how hard it would be to fly the Helicarrier with that thing around. Still, W to the O to the WOW!
                    • jjjjover 4 years
                      Hi this is crazy girl