London Eye • Londres
Right in the heart of London, on the banks of the River Thames, 32 rotating capsules climb to 135 m, taking visitors above the rooftops of London for an exceptional view of the entire capital.
Built in 1999 to celebrate the 3rd millennium, the Great Wheel of London was supposed to be temporary. Today it is still one of the most visited tourist attractions on the planet. To produce the capsules for this observation wheel, which was for several years the highest in the world, POMA delivered its expertise in technology and automation.
Number of capsules
Number of people per capsule
Duration of the rotation
1600 people per hour
For the project
With its 60-metre diameter, the London Eye was the first panoramic wheel – known as the “Big Wheel” – for which POMA designed, produced, and installed ovoid capsules made to measure. The Las Vegas High Roller, the Shenzhen Ferris Wheel and the Dubai Wheel have cemented POMA’s place in this specific market.
The rotating capsules designed by architect David Marks turn on themselves through an ad-hoc POMA system, in order to maintain horizontal stability regardless of the wheel movement. Made of high-quality curved optical-quality laminated glass, which is exclusive POMA technology, and attached to the outside of the wheel structure, they offer an ideal panoramic view.
SEMER developed solutions to customise the tried-and-tested boarding technique in ropeway transport
The London Eye in pictures
Hong Kong Wheel
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