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U-Shaped Skyscraper Could Change New York

An architectural firm in New York has come up with a creative solution for getting around the city’s strict zoning rules: the ambitious building of a curved skyscraper that could become the longest building in the world.

Dubbed the Big Bend, the building will measure 4000 feet in length and feature an eye-catching bend in the shape of a U at its highest centre point. When completely stretched out, the skyscraper will be nearly double the size of some of the world’s tallest building, including the One World Trade Centre and the Burj Khalifa, which is presently the tallest building in the world.

The narrowness of the slender building has not yet been announced, but it will also feature a lift that can literally operate in curves, moving in ongoing loops along the length of the glass-lined skyscraper.

The Big Bend, which will overlook Central Park, will join a series of luxury tall buildings referred to as  "Billionaires' Row’, positioned between the One57 tower and 111 West 57th Street, which is scheduled to be completed next year.

Oiio Studio, which designed the ambitious building , described the design as a reaction to an obsession Manhattan developers have with making their properties as tall as possible to grant them the prestige of a high-rise building. A company representative queried, “What if height was substituted with length? What if buildings were long instead of high?”


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They added, “The Big Bend can become a solution to the height limitations imposed in the city. Now structures can be provided with measurements that will make them stand out without concerns arising about the skyline limits.”

The Big Bend does not have planning permission as of yet and may never actually be built, but it is not the only uniquely shaped skyscraper to be proposed for New York.

In 2016 designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu unveiled a design for New Horizon, which they dubbed a ‘side-scraper’. Measuring 100 feet wide and 1,000 feet tall, the building would encircle the perimeter of Central Park, which measures seven miles, and offer more indoor square footage than the Empire State Building.

The design won a prize at last year’s Evolo Skyscraper Competition, which acknowledges superior and innovative high-rise architecture design.

In February 2016 proposals for building The Spiral were also revealed, which would feature outdoor green sites that spiral around the structure.

Elsewhere across the globe, in 2013 China announced the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, a 27-story horseshoe-shaped structure located along Taihu Lake between Shanghai and Nanjing.


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