A new enormous Ferris wheel to go up in South Korea is set to break not only the record for the world’s largest, but break the conformity of what this classic attraction can look like.
Dwarfing the London Eye, the Seoul ‘Twin Eye’ will stand 591 feet high (180 meters), 40 feet taller than the Washington Monument, but won’t have a single supporting spoke.
Described by Dutch design firm UNStudio as the first ever of its kind, the Twin Eye will operate as a spokeless Ferris wheel with two intersecting rings.
Each ring carries pods that seamlessly revolve around inside and outside tracks.
In total, it can provide rides to more than 1,400 people in 64 capsules simultaneously, almost doubling the capacity of the 443-foot (135-meter) London Eye.
The structure is slated to be built in Peace Park on the edge of the Han River next to the World Cup Stadium.
UNStudio, who teamed up with Arup and local firm Heerim Architecture for the concept, says they focused on the principle of unity as a symbol for the design. The wheel is inspired by the Honcheonsigye, an astronomical clock that represents the movement of celestial objects through time.
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“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,” states Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government says it plans to begin construction around 2025 after undergoing a final phase review by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. Completion is planned for 2028.
The proposal also included plans to build a monorail connecting the subway station to the Ferris wheel, as well as a zip line to add an extra experience for visitors.
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