What if the longest building in the world was not a straight tower, but an arch? This is the idea conceived in the minds of the architects of the Oiio studio in the United States.
The model has been unveiled and the concept is mind-blowing. The building will be called The Big Bend. The architects plan to build their strange tower in New York, south of Central Park, on West 57th Street, an opulent district. Residents responded at once as soon as the project was made public. Although the arch is only at the drafting stage and its shape will be very thin, some residents are worried about the shadow projected by the construction on Central Park – untouchable in New York – and their apartment.
The building should have a sizeable living space, its promoters seeking to reduce the price per square meter to mitigate the shortage of housing in the American metropolis. “The city’s zoning system has introduced a specific set of tricks where property developers try to maximize the height of their properties so that they can benefit from the prestige of the high structures. But what would happen if length were substituted for height? And if our buildings were longer instead of higher?” reasoned the architects of Oiio.
Because, if everything falls into place properly, The Big Bend will surpass even the Burj Khalifa in Dubai: 1.220 m against 555,3 m. But for now, this project remains a fantasy of the architects, no timeline concerning its realisation is on the table. The designers of the project were inspired by a new type of elevators. These don’t just move vertically but horizontally as well. The passage from one tower to the other will therefore look very much like a rollercoaster, given the curves. A thought for the future window cleaners who will have to look after it.