UNStudio Reinvents the (Ferris) Wheel in Seoul UNStudio Reinvents the (Ferris) Wheel in Seoul
News - 25 January 2024

UNStudio Reinvents the (Ferris) Wheel in Seoul

The Seoul Twin Eye, designed by UNStudio in a collaboration with Arup and local firm Heerim Architecture, is set to be the first ever of its kind, operating as a spokeless Ferris wheel with two intersecting rings.

The vision proposal for the new Peace Park Wheel, a landmark project initiated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for Sangam World Cup Park in Seoul, is part of the Mayor’s vision ‘Han River with a Thousand Sunsets’, a vision to create a thousand spots along the Han River as public spaces for the people of Seoul.

The 180-metre-high structure will accommodate 64 capsules, each carrying 20-25 people at once. In total, it can provide rides to more than 1,400 people simultaneously, almost doubling the capacity of the London Eye.

The wheel itself is set to be built upon a 40-metre-high new cultural complex that is expected to house an exhibition space, a performance hall, retail and food & beverage outlets.

“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,” says Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio.

The design team focused on the concept of unity, and the design is inspired by the Honcheonsigye, an astronomical clock that represents the movement of celestial objects through time.

Find out more about the design here.