The Big Bend: “Longest building in the world” would work around NYC zoning and height bylaws

" 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? " (Olio Studio website

A Greek-born architect proposes stretching New York City’s zoning and height bylaws with a vision for what he describes will be the longest building in the world: The Big Bend.

Ioannis Oikonomou says go “long instead of tall” in Manhattan. Oikonomou’s Oiio Studio recently released a vision for a U-shaped building that could attract big money without buying too much air, USA Today reports. The Big Bend would be a skinny, curved structure running 4,000-feet-long on Billionaire’s Row.

“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,” Oiio Studio says on its website. “The longest building in the world.”

“The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan,” Oiio Studio’s site says.


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