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A New York architecture studio hopes to create the first U-shaped skyscraper

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama famously declared in her 2016 Democratic National Committee speech, "When they go low, we go high."

That seems to be the motto of Ioannis Oikonomou, the architect and founder of Oiio Studio, who unveiled plans to construct a U-shaped skyscraper in Manhattan.

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THEBIGBEND_ oiio_07.jpg. Credit: Ioannis Oikonomou

If approved, "The Big Bend" would be the longest tower standing at 4,000 ft.


The unorthodox-shaped building would be constructed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, according to Dezeen, an architecture website, and magazine. The studio proposed the conceptual skyscraper to highlight the race for height between Manhattan's luxury condo developers. 

"The story of The Big Bend follows a recent trend that has appeared in New York City: the emergence of myriad tall and slender residential skyscrapers," the studio said.


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THEBIGBEND_ oiio_06 (1).jpg. Credit: Ioannis Oikonomou

Take a look at the inside of the building, which would feature an elevator that could travel in curves, horizontally and in continuous loops. 

The inspiration behind Big Bend sprouted from the systemic problems caused by New York City's zoning regulations.

"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," the studio said. "The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan."

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