Outrageous Design For Proposed Super-Tall Skyscraper In New York City

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Wrong Way Ray!

Silo Demolition Goes Awry in Denmark

The planned demolition of a silo in Denmark took a literal turn for the worse when it toppled the wrong way and smashed into a pair of nearby buildings.

The bizarre scene unfolded in the town of Vordingborg, where a crowd had gathered to see the 175-foot-tall tower brought down by explosives.

However, their delight at the sight quickly faded when they realized that the falling silo was going in the wrong direction and headed right for a library and music school located next to the tower.

Incredible footage of the mishap shows the silo slowly tipping over in an almost agonizing fashion, clipping the buildings and blasting them with debris.

Thankfully, the area around the silo had been cleared well ahead of time and, therefore, no one was injured due to the incident.

Walking into Glass Walls

By Adam Killick

And now it’s time for another edition of our occasional, semi-regular, periodically occurring segment, “seems like a bad idea….”

If there is one thing that Apple fans and critics can likely agree on, it’s that the company’s products have really good design. Apple’s designers really know how to make metal and glass look pretty.

So it was only fitting that when the company built its new headquarters, the architectural design matched the company’s industrial design ethic.

And that resulted in a spectacular building in Cupertino, California, dubbed the “spaceship.”


The ring-shaped building feature lots and lots of glass. Glass walls, glass floors, glass ceilings… you get the idea. And you can bet all that glass is kept sparking clean, so it looks all but invisible, as it was designed to.

Apple’s new “spaceship” campus in Silicon Valley (The Associated Press/Apple Inc.)

But there is one obvious — or perhaps not-so-obvious — issue with the design.

And that is that people have a habit of walking into things they can’t see.

A freedom-of-information request by the San Francisco Chronicle revealed that there have been quite a lot of 9-1-1 calls made from the Apple campus.

What is clear, if you pardon the pun, is that Apple was warned by building inspectors about the dangers of the glass design when the campus was being built. And the company has removed numerous Post-it notes placed by employees that showed where the doors were,

That’s because the designers apparently wanted nothing that might distract engineers and coders from thinking about their work. So those same distracted engineers and coders have been walking into the glass.

Which really seems like a bad idea.