The Big Bend is a proposed skyscraper to be constructed in New York City. The skyscraper, which was designed by the New York architecture firm Oiio Studio, has been described as the longest building in the world. With a height of at least 1,969 feet (600 m), it would also be the tallest building in New York. Reception to the proposal has been mixed.
The Big Bend was designed by Ioannis Oikonomou of the architecture firm Oiio Studio. The proposal is most known for its distinctive U-shape, which would make it the longest building in the world—though not the tallest—if it were built. It would have a length of 4,000 feet (1,200 m) from one base to the top of the building to the other base. The proposal is a very tall and slender building, with a peak height above the ground that would be more than 1,969 feet (600 m). This would make it a megatall building, as well as the tallest building in New York City, surpassing One World Trade Center by 200 feet (61 m).
The structure is similar to the nearby “super-slender” 432 Park Avenue, with a grid of large windows, but would have even smaller floorplates.
Traversal of the Big Bend would be possible with an elevator that can travel in curves, as well as horizontally, in a continuous loop. Oiio Studio has stated that the technology for such an elevator is close to being a reality.
The Big Bend’s U-shape was conceived as an attempt to circumvent zoning regulations restricting skyscraper height in Manhattan, and also as a response to the proliferation of luxury supertall skyscrapers in the area. Ioannis Oikonomou has said that the building “can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan.”
The Big Bend would likely stand on West 57th Street—also known as Billionaires’ Row— in Manhattan, to the south of Central Park. The Calvary Baptist Church would be between the skyscraper’s two bases. The building’s two bases are currently occupied by a 77-story condo and a 7-story prewar building.