Going round The Big Bend


Oiio studio has unveiled designs for curved skyscraper ‘The Big Bend’ as the solution to expensive zoning laws in New York City.

Designs for ‘The Big Bend’ could totally transform the Manhattan skyline if approved and built. Stretching 4,000 feet long, if built it would be the longest building in the world. Double the height of the Burj Khalifa (if only by a technicality) would loop over the existing New York City skyline.

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“There is an undeniable obsession that resides in Manhattan. It is undeniable because it is made to be seen. There are many different ways that can make a building stand out, but in order to do so the building has to literary stand out.” Oiio studio states on their website.

“New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough 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?”

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The glass-lined tower would, however, need a very special elevator to reach the top.

Designers claim that an innovative track changing system would allow for horizontal connection of two shafts at the top and create a continuous loop.

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