In response to a trend of associating height with prestige, one design firm created a proposal that literally flips the trend upside down. The New York architecture firm, Oiio, designed a conceptual skyscraper—nicknamed ‘Big Bend’—that arcs over itself and returns to the ground, forming what it dubs the ‘longest building in the world.’
Renderings of the Big Bend show it located on Manhattan’s West 57th Street, which has become known as Billionaire’s Row. Although the building wouldn't become the tallest building in the world, it would be very close at roughly 2000 ft. tall. This would put it in third place narrowly behind Shanghai Tower and just ahead of the Abraj Al-Bait Tower.
photo credit: Oiio Designs
“We usually hear about the latest tallest building, and we’re always impressed by it’s price per square foot,” said the architects in a statement. “It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.
Oiio, the design studio responsible for the project said: “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. 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 the city].”