Paid Members Gus Mears Posted March 27, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted March 27, 2017 I have a real fascination with massive buildings, brought on both because they are incredibly impressive feats of mankind and the fact that I went to school directly next to this fucker. That's Salisbury Cathedral to those who haven't travelled to the thrilling world of East Wiltshire recently. Anyway, last week a new wacky building called 'The Big Bend' was proposed, which is essentially a loop skyscraper. Manhattan developers keep building skyscrapers taller and taller, but Greek architect Ioannis Oikonomou hopes to break a new kind of record. 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 measure from end to end of the U, which would total approximately 4,000 feet). The design calls for a super-tall, skinny skyscraper bent in half, to form what looks like 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 the city. For now, the Big Bend is merely a design. Oikonomou tells 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 says. In a huge skyscraper that doesn't take up much space, more people would pay mortgages or rent. Shit hot. Also, because Burj Khalifa isn't tall enough, the Saudi Arabian's are building Jedddah Tower, which will clock in at over 1km in height and is due to be finished in 2019. Though we all love a big'un, it's not all about size. I recently went to Cologne Cathedral, clocking in at a paltry 157m. But it is truly a tour de force of Gothic architecture. Imposing, dark, beautiful. I'm also probably going to write up something on proposed megastructures that didn't make it. That's a cracking subject in its own right. One of the better books I've ever read was Albert Speer's 'Inside the Third Reich' where he writes at length about loony proposals for buildings Hitler put forth. Champs Elysee but three times as big and a stadium that would fit 250,000 people being personal favourites. Anyhow, I am rambling. Buildings! Any favourites? Why? Cool proposals? Arcology? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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