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Damn, this U-shaped skyscraper in NYC is pretty insane

It’s called ‘The Big Bend’, and if it’s ever completed, it will be the “longest skyscraper in the world.”

The concept, created by architecture firm Oiio, features a thin U-shaped skyscraper located on either side of the Calvary Baptist Church on Billionaire’s Row in New York City. The structure would have a height of 4,000 feet end-to-end, making it taller (or should I say, longer) than other massive buildings like the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa.

It would also require an elevator unlike any other, as it would have to move vertically AND curve horizontally to provide a continuous loop between both sides.

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According to Oiio, they designed the concept in response to developers buying neighbors’ air rights to build super-tall, super-thin luxury towers dubbed as ‘super-slenders’.

“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,” they said.

“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 Big Bend from the street

Pretty neat concept. However, with community members and preservation groups opposing the mushrooming of supertalls along South Central Park, not to mention finding someone who would fund such a radical design, The Big Bend isn’t expected to be built anytime soon.

Architizer Editor comment: “The image is packed full of satirical motifs that speak to the folly of New York’s latest high-rise boom: A suited old man reaches for his top hat, stacks of cash are scattered across a hair-raising glass floor and vastly oversized curtains shield the lonely resident from the glare of the sun…” #Architizer #comment #oiio #thebigbend #dezeen #skyscraper #newyork #manhattan #ghost #apartments #millionairerow #investors #realestate #heights #57thstreet #architecture #longest #tower #highrise #boom #oversize #curtains #lonely #resident

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To learn more about Oiio, head on over here.

Via Dezeen

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