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The Big Bend Tower turns Manhattan zoning laws sideways


Architecture firm Oiio has created a design for what would be the longest skyscraper in the world.


"New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough 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?" the studio asks.

Called The Big Bend Tower, the proposed structure is what the firm calls a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan. The Big Bend would be 4,000 feet long. By comparison, the world's current tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is 2,722 feet high (or long). New York City's tallest building, One World Trade Center, is 1,792 feet "long."


Renderings depict The Big Bend Tower on Manhattan's Billionaire's Row, wedged into a district of historic apartment houses and needle-thin new residential towers. The Big Bend would stand astride a historic building, its legs fitting into narrow plots on either side.


Time will tell if any developers are impressed enough with Oiio's vision to commission the design.





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