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

March 24, 2017


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.






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

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