Getting Around Height Limits, NYC Tower Goes Over the Top

Greek architect, Manhattan, skyscraper, New York City, zoning laws, Big Bend , NYC Tower
A rendering of The Big Bend. (Ioannis Oikonomou, Oiio Studio)

A Greek architect seeking to maximize space in Manhattan’s next skyscraper is literally going over the top.

With New York City’s zoning laws creating a peculiar set of tricks, the Big Bend rises nearly a half-mile in the air before making a U-turn and plunging back to the ground. The skinny, curved structure on Billionaire’s Row produces 4,000 feet of living space by going “long instead of tall,” says Ioannis Oikonomou, architect and founder of Oiio Studio.

“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’s website says. “The longest building in the world. The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan.”

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