NYC Architecture Studio Imagines ‘World's Longest Skyscraper' in Midtown

An architecture studio has presented a striking U-shaped building for midtown Manhattan. Oiio Studio, based in New York City and Greece, has posted renderings of the building, dubbed “The Big Bend,” to its website. “What if we substituted height with length?” the tongue-in-cheek post reads. Oiio introduces the building as a reaction to the city's developers building further upwards in the pursuit of prestige. There’s little chance such a building will come to fruition, and architects at the studio are “well-known for designing subversive proposals to stir discourse among the profession,” according to Architizer. Still, renderings of the building offer an interesting take on how developers may follow lofty buildings like 432 Park Ave. and 111 W. 57th St. as they look to set new records and bring attention to their ambitious, if impractical, projects.

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“What if our buildings were long instead of tall?” Oiio Studio’s post reads. “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.”
Oiio Studio
A man reaches for his top hat in a satirical rendering of an interior. Clouds float by and a pile of money sits nearby.
Oiio Studio
“We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky,” the post reads.
Oiio Studio
In a nighttime rendering shows 432 Park Ave. and 111 W. 57th St. — the former was recently finished and the latter is slated to open in 2018.
Oiio Studio
If built, “The Big Bend” would be among the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and most definitely the longest.
Oiio Studio
The building would tower over midtown Manhattan with extraordinary views of the entire city.
Oiio Studio
If unraveled, “The Big Bend” would be about 4,000 feet tall, well over twice the height of One World Trade Center, currently the city’s tallest building.
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