BE2C2 Report — Greek architect Ioannis Oikonomou hopes to break a new kind of record and sell his unique idea to one of Manhattan developers — who keep building skyscrapers taller and taller for rentals.
His firm, Oiio Studio, has designed a U-shaped tower called the “Big Bend” that aims to become, what Oikonomou calls, “the world’s longest building” (if you were to measure from end to end of the U, which would total approximately 4,000 feet), making it nearly double that of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The design calls for a super-tall, skinny skyscraper bent in half, to form what looks like a paper clip or the first drop of a roller coaster. From the sidewalk to the building’s peak, it would stretch about 200 feet taller than One World Trade Center, the largest tower in New York City.
For now, the Big Bend is merely a design. Oikonomou told Business Insider he has sent the design to a few developers, and is currently seeking investment.
The residential building would be located on the southern border of Central Park, an area that’s known as “Billionaire’s Row” and contains many luxury skyscrapers.
Oikonomou is confident that plans for the Big Bend could move forward since many developers will do whatever it takes to get a better return on investment, he said.
“In a huge skyscraper that doesn’t take up much space, more people would pay mortgages or rent.” He says go “long instead of tall” in Manhattan.”
“The Big Bend has been created, among other things, in order to emphasize the fact that New York has become a giant hotel,” Oikonomou said, referencing the recent trend of people buying condos without using them as primary residences.
“The Big Bend would “ensure maximum profit for its investors, even if its apartments are inhabited only for some days every year,” Oikonomou added.
“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 Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan,” Oiio Studio’s site says.
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In a related note, construction is under way for Spire London which will be the highest residential skyscraper in western Europe. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.