- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 02 Jun 2017
The Big Bend, New York
In March 2017, architecture studio Oiio released designs for an ambitious skyscraper in New York City. The concept of The Big Bend grew from considering what would happen if New York substituted height with length, and what if buildings were long instead of tall?
The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that would bend all the way over at the top before returning to the ground. At 4,000 ft, Oiio have called their concept ‘the longest building in the world’.
The design was prompted by New York City’s zoning laws which enable real estate companies to purchase air rights from neighbouring buildings, allowing for a new upsurge in super-slender towers that build taller and taller on relatively small plots. The Big Bend would fit into narrow plots on either side of existing buildings over which it would bend.
The firm claims that ‘what was once considered to be the greatest challenge in elevator history is finally becoming reality – the elevator that can travel in curves, horizontally and in continuous loops.’ The innovative track-changing system allows for the horizontal connection of two shafts on the top and bottom to create a continuous loop.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
A form of procurement where the contractor provides a single point of contact for a supply chain.
A month after the devastating fire, emergency reconstruction works are underway.
The London Build Expo is hosting a Diversity in Construction panel and networking session on October 24.
Analysis can help develop a specification, but must not lead to inappropriate specifications being accepted.
Dos and don'ts for creating a smart home.
New ICE publication recommends pay-as-you-go tax to fund roads and other financing options.
BSRIA launches a White Paper on wearable technology and wellbeing in buildings.
Have the pressures of the market shredded the core values of professionalism?
Lead times are a measure of the amount of time that elapses between initiating and completing a construction process.