World’s highest ferris wheel designed for Seoul

Images courtesy of UNStudio
An international team of designers has unveiled plans for the world’s tallest, spokeless ferris wheel for Seoul, South Korea.

The 180m-diameter “Seoul Twin Eye” takes the form of two intersecting rings with revolving tracks.

Each of its 64 capsules will be able to carry 25 people, allowing for 1,400 thrill seekers to ride at once.

By comparison, the London Eye can carry a maximum 800 people.

It’s designed by Dutch architect UNStudio, the UK’s Arup, and South Korean company Heerim Architects.

UNStudio said it would be built on the roof of a 40m-high mixed-use tower on the bank of the Han River next to the Sangam World Cup Park.

That means riders will be able to see across the city from a height of 220m.

The design is inspired by the Honcheonsigye, an astronomical clock that represents the movement of celestial objects through time.

Work on the wheel starts next year and it’s scheduled for completion in 2028.

Ben van Berkel, UNStudio founder, said: “Located in the heart of the city, this spokeless design references Korea’s boundless ambition for innovation and spirit of progress, seamlessly blending cutting-edge technology with a timeless appreciation for stability and beauty."

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