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?”