Incredible Details Of A U-Shaped Skyscaper Set For NYC Have Been Unveiled
New York is to become home of the longest building in the world. Not the biggest mind you, but the longest.
The unusual building is going to be called “The Big Bend”, which will look a bit like an enormous paper clip that is half buried in the ground. The tower will transform the Manhattan skyline and will be the most unique building in all of New York.
The “project concept” reveals a large, rather thin skyscraper that reaches an apex, then curves back down into the ground. It’s been described as being similar to the famous World Trade Centre towers, except joined in the middle.
Like all high rise buildings, the Big Bend requires an elevator. But how will they get to the top / middle part of the building? Well, the proposed system will curve with the building, which mean elevators will travel in curves, horizontally and in loops.
New York’s zoning laws require the construction of the building to straddle both sides of properties in Billionaire’s Row, on the southern end of Central Park and will reside on 57th street. You can only imagine the views from the top!
OiiO studios are the firm behind the tower and have explained: ‘New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximise 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?
“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. The longest building in the world.”
The studio wanted the building to stand out: “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 literally stand out.
“We have become familiar with building height measurements. We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by it’s price per square foot. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.
“The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan. We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky.”
H/T: Daily Mail