World Longest Building Proposed For The New York City Skyline

The battle for designing and building the world tallest building continues in major cities around the world. Their designs vary, but still none look much like this new concept for the world’s longest—not tallest—building. Could “The Big Bend” skyscraper be the next notable addition to New York City’s skyline?


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Building Long Rather Than Tall

Architect Ioannis Oikonomou, founder of Oiio Studio, has proposed a unique looking residential building that, instead of shooting up into the clouds, would bend back down to ground level. The aptly dubbed “Big Bend” could potentially qualify as the world’s longest building, measuring  1219 across its complete length.

The “Big Bend” would house mostly luxury condos. Concept drawings show the inverted U-shaped building at West 57th Street—sometimes know as “Billionaires’ Row”—standing on either side of the Calvary Baptist Church.

If built, it could stand among the soon to be completed One57, the Central Park Tower, which is set to be the city’s tallest residential tower at 472 meters in height.

A New Mega-Tall Building? 
By focusing on length rather than just height, Oikonomou, is doing more than just proposing a notable architectural design, but is making his own comment of the trend of the super thin, super tall skyscraper designs that allow developers to capitalize on NYC’s tight plots and zoning laws.

Even with a claim to impressive length rather height, the “Big Bend” would still qualify as one of the world’s mega-tall buildings—a rank reserved for buildings over 600 meters high.

Oiio Studios conceptual drawings position The Big Bend on West 57th Street just south of Manhattans Central Park The daytime view looks north over the park and at night looks south with the Empire State Building in the distanceImage Source: Domain

Not All New Yorkers Are Excited
While the concept is novel, some critics are concerned with how the “Big Bend” and other skyscraper building trends could be defying the spirit of the city rather than adding to it.

Locals have reportedly expressed concerns on how these huge, luxury structures are overshadowing historic NYC points like Central Park. Others have said these building only come to symbolize inequality in the city.

What do you think about the “Big Bend” as a concept and a potential addition to New York City?

Would you like to see it added to the skyline?

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James Spader

Comes from a long line of American manufacturers and small business owners. His passions have always been journalism and World War II history. When not working, he enjoys cooking and competing in amateur chess tournaments.

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