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The Big Bend And 5 Other Crazy Skyscrapers You Need To See To Believe

The sky is the limit for some architectural firms that have dared to dream with striking skyscrapers.

By Jeff Vasishta April 4, 2017
Peruri 88, Jakarta, Indonesia. Image courtesy of MVRDV

The Big Bend sounds like a ride at a theme park. It is, in fact, a rendering of a 4,000-foot-long skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that performs an audacious loop at the top—a kind of two for the price of one. When it was first released  a few weeks ago by architects Oiio, it immediately went viral.

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Fears about terrorism, about the implausibility of the design and the look of it flooded social media. It turns out that there’s no chance of the Big Bend making it to the Big Apple. The city’s strict zoning laws would never allow it. Although the firm’s architect Ioannis Oikonomou says it’s “achievable scenario,” the only scenario that comes to mind for the firm embarking on such a rendering is a publicity stunt. And it worked!

“The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan,” the firm wrote in a statement. “We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky.”

But the sky is the limit for some architectural firms that have dared to dream with striking skyscrapers. Here are 5 of the most eye catching, coming or at a city near you:

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Mubarek al-Kabir Tower, Subiya, Kuwait

Destined to be a 1001-meter centerpiece (the world’s tallest building) of the cinematic sounding City of Silk in Subiya, Kuwait. The whole metropolis will comprise stadiums, residences, hotels and retail shops. Only for those with bank balances as high as this place’s buildings.

Peruri 88, Jakarta, Indonesia

You’ve heard of the spirit in the sky. Well, this is the city in the sky and it’s certainly a conversation piece. To some it make look like a five year old took several different model buildings and glued them together. To others, the architect, namely and people who commissioned it, this is a groundbreaking innovative design fusing retail, residential and sports facilities along with green features. You be the judge.

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

The 123-story high Lotte World Tower in Seoul and was recently completed. It may appear like giant pair of tweezers but the 555-meter high skyscraper includes offices, retail outlets, a hotel and also an observation deck.

Goldin Finance 117, Tianjin, China

Dubbed “The Walking Stick”, the Goldin Finance Tower stands at a height of 597 m with 117-storeys, the number included in its name. It’s different and eye catching, for sure. It contains a mall, offices and a hotel.

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

We couldn’t leave this one out. It has more curves than Spring Break weekend in Fort Lauderdale. Even more daring than the design were the two Russian thrill seekers who climbed to the very top of the 632 m high tower during its construction. It is the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world. It also claims to be one of the greenest. Talk about making a statement, though we’re not quite sure what it is.

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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