Dutch firm UNStudio has revealed plans for the Seoul Twin Eye spokeless Ferris wheel, featuring an intersecting double-ring structure atop a cultural complex. In collaboration with Arup and Heerim Architects, the 180-meter-high Ferris wheel will be located near Seoul’s World Cup Stadium along the Han River. Once completed, it will be the world’s largest operational Ferris wheel, surpassing the Ain Dubai in the UAE.

UNStudio has unveiled plans for the world’s tallest spokeless Ferris wheel in Seoul. The design is inspired by the 17th-century South Korean astronomical clock, Honcheonsigye, featuring dual-ringed structures with two 180-meter-diameter tracks that converge, symbolizing unity.

The Ferris wheel is designed as a symbol of unity for the city, featuring an intersecting double-ringed structure. The tracks will accommodate a total of 64 passenger pods, each carrying 20-25 people, with a capacity of up to 1,400 people at once—twice the capacity of the London Eye. The pods, projecting from the rings, will provide two distinct rides as they revolve around both the inside and outside of the Seoul Twin Eye.

Sixty-four passenger pods will rotate around the inner and outer tracks of Seoul Twin Eye. The Ferris wheel will be part of a 40-meter-high podium, creating a new cultural hub connected to the World Cup Stadium. The podium will include an exhibition space, performance hall, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Seoul Twin Eye will be linked to nearby public transportation via a monorail, also designed by UNStudio. Additionally, a zip line experience is included in the studio’s plan.

The studio will incorporate the wheel into an elevated podium below. This project is part of a broader effort by the local government to create new public and cultural areas along the Han River. Construction is scheduled to start in 2025, and the attraction is expected to open in 2028.

A monorail and zip line are part of UNStudio’s broader plan for the site. Established in 1998 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UNStudio has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The studio has also unveiled designs for staggered terraces in two high-rise towers in Düsseldorf and a children’s museum in Qatar with interconnected blocky forms.

Image credits go to UNStudio.