The Big Bend, a 400ft-long, glass-lined tower, has been described as the “longest building in the world” by its designers. Concept drawings for the project show the skyscraper dwarfing the buildings around it as it reaches an apex before curving back down. It will feature a lift that can “travel in curves”, moving along the tower vertically, horizontally and in the loops.
Overlooking Central Park from an area of luxury skyscrapers known as ‘Billionaires’ Row, it has been dreamt up by design studio Oiio in a bid get around New York City’s zoning laws.
The team behind the project said: “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.”
“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 added that what was once the “greatest challenge in elevator history” is now becoming a reality.
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