The Big Bend, A Proposed NYC Skyscraper Shaped Like A Giant Upside-Down U

March 24, 2017

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This are some conceptual renderings of The Big Bend, a New York City skyscraper proposed by design studio Oiio to circumvent NYC's building height laws by constructing a skyscraper that's 4,000 feet long, but less than 2,000 feet tall. If built, they're claiming it would be "the world's longest skyscraper," which I'm fairly certain was not a record anybody was even aware of until they just made it up, and certainly not one anybody cares about.

"New York city's zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximize their property's height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure," design studio Oiio said. "If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan."


An elevator would travel in curves, horizontally and in continuous loops. A unique track system would allow for a horizontal connection of two elevator shafts on the bottom and the top to create a continuous loop.

I've got the feeling this isn't actually going to happen. But what do I know, when the ancient Chinese dynasties mentioned wanting to build the Great Wall, I told them they were all crazy. "Jesus, just how old are you, GW?" How old was Methuselah? "Like 1,000?" Well I used to teach him dirty words on the back of the school bus, which was actually a cart made of dinosaur bones on square wheels.

Keep going for a handful more renderings, provided your hand is big enough to hold five.

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Thanks to Don, who agrees they should build the whole thing underground and strike a deal with the mole-people labor unions for construction.

  • Bosun Higgs

    Inspired by Microsoft's "Clippy."

  • penguin farmer

    It's facetious, a sarcastic concept to provide discourse for the contemporary tower in New York (just look at the absurdity in the rendering of the man picking up a tophat with stacks of cash in the background.)

    See Superstudio, Lebbeus Woods

  • Giant paper clip. That's all I see.

  • Jenness

    In the mockup, the side buildings are shaped in a way that resembles someone flipping the bird to the rest of the world. I think they should make those side buildings round - because who doesn't love a massive phallic symbol. If they did fireworks shooting from the very top - then that would be extra awesome. That'll teach that slutty ozone layer to keep depleting..BAM...POW...SPLOOOSH! heh heh heh

  • I would absolutely love to have a conversation with you some time. These little peeks into your mind are always fascinating.

  • Jenness

    Well it really depends on when you catch me. It's pretty much fantasizing about having unlimited wine, sex and money in a world where robots cater to my every whim but are not intelligent enough yet to develop loathing for mankind. Oh and a world where everything I put in my mouth is good for me, nutritious and keeps me in optimal physical shape; which it goes without saying, ties into the sex. Oh and I want me to be the only one to have these perks because I'm delusional & convinced I'm the only one that could handle it without becoming an insufferable asshole. Because I'm humble.

  • um.... kik me plz?

  • Jenness
  • Jenness

    LOL! Awww,Buckwheat!!

  • The_Wretched

    I'm thinking it looks useful for opening portals to hell or other dimensions. I've seen movies on this theme.

  • Jon

    "I have seen the gates of Oblivion, beyond which no waking eye may see. Behold, in darkness a doom sweeps the land."

  • Colin Lang

    I think it's more a giant Dyson fan.

  • whacko

    At the scale they show in their mock-ups, it seems like it would be too small and narrow to actually hold up it's own weight. The bend would also make it harder for the structure to twist and sway in the high winds at elevation the way other skyscrapers do. Both towers would want to move in different directions dependent on the forces acting on each,which wouldn't be identical in strength or direction between the two towers, but would be restricted from doing so because they are joined at the top. The curve would face incredible sheering forces because of this.

    In short... I would't go in it (or under it).

  • WhiteEagle2

    You bring up a lot of points that seem scientific and I have no clue about any of them. So i'll trust you.

  • If I imagine him wearing a white lab coat, I feel better about trusting him too.

  • Bling Nye

    And nothing else besides black socks.

  • #OMGSOWETRIGHTNOW

  • Ollie Williams

    And the lab coat is unbuttoned.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    good thinking. everyone knows terrorists can't resist croquet, so this one should be safe.

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