Dutch firm UNStudio has unveiled the design for the Seoul Twin Eye spokeless Ferris wheel in Seoul, which will consist of an intersecting double-ring structure on top of a cultural complex.
Designed in collaboration with Arup and Heerim Architects, the 180-metre-high Ferris wheel will be built alongside the city’s World Cup Stadium along the Han River. When complete it will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel in operation following the closure of the Ain Dubai in the UAE.
UNStudio was informed by Honcheonsigye – a 17th-century South Korean astronomical clock – for the dual-ringed design.
The Ferris wheel will have two 180-metre-diameter tracks that will form loops that converge as a symbol of unity, according to the studio.
The tracks will hold 64 passenger pods in total carrying 20-25 people each and up to 1,400 people simultaneously, double the capacity of the Marks Barfield Architects-designed London Eye.
Projecting out from the structural rings, the pods will revolve around both the inside and outside of Seoul Twin Eye, creating two distinct rides for passengers to experience.
The Ferris wheel will be integrated into a 40-meter-high podium, which will establish a new cultural hub connected to the World Cup Stadium.
The podium will house an exhibition space and performance hall, as well as shops, restaurants and cafes.
The Seoul Twin Eye will be connected to nearby public transportation by a monorail, which is also being designed by UNStudio.
A zip line experience also forms part of the studio’s plan.
The project is planned as part of a wider initiative by the local government to develop new public and cultural spaces along the Han River.
Construction is due to commence in 2025 with the attraction set to open in 2028.
UNStudio was founded in 1998 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos and has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The studio recently revealed its design for two high-rise towers in Düsseldorf featuring staggered terraces and a children’s museum in Qatar comprised of interconnected blocky forms.
The imagery is courtesy of UNStudio.