America is currently losing the “tallest building in the world competition” (yes, I made that up), but “The Big Bend” is a new concept that could bring them back to the top… technically. While everybody else is building their skyscrapers further towards the sky, New York are quite literally taking a different direction with their plans.
Plans have been revealed for a unique u-shaped skyscraper that has been named “The Big Bend”, that rather than going all the way up will hit an apex and then bend back down towards the ground. This would mean that its lift systems would have to go sideways nearer the top. It looks quite spectacular, but you’re probably thinking the same as me initially. Why? Apparently, it’s to do with working around the expensive zoning laws in the area. The design studio behind The Big Bend, Oiio, explains:
“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. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall?
“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.”
Currently, the tallest building in the world is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa at a whopping 2,722 feet tall if you include its antenna. It’s so tall that it gives me vertigo just looking at it. However, if The Big Bend is given the go ahead then it would technically be over 4,000 feet long. Maybe not as tall as the Khalifa Tower but technically the longest building in the world. If done like so, it could end up surpassing One World Trade Center height-wise, which is currently America’s tallest building.
If this proposal is a success then many other buildings will likely follow the trend all over the world. My favourite part of the design is the glass lining, that seems to include the apex at the top. I bet that direct view downwards would be enough to scare anybody.
Source: Daily Mail