22 April 2018

The Big Bend Skyscraper in New York

22 March 17 | RE+D Magazine


The Big Bend Skyscraper in New York
Oiio Studio
In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height.


The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the architecture firm describes as the longest building in the world – at 4,000 feet (1.22 kilometres) end to end, according to dezeen.com.

Oiio, based in New York and Athens, came up with the proposal to highlight the race for height between Manhattan's luxury condo developers.

Real-estate companies are capitalising on a planning law that permits them to purchase air rights from neighbouring buildings, allowing for taller and taller towers on relatively small plots.

Skinny skyscrapers including SHoP Architects' 111 West 57th Street and Christian de Portzamparc's One57 are both rising on the street, while Jean Nouvel's 53W53 and Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue are both nearby.




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