Latitude/Longitude: 1.2893, 103.862
The Singapore Flyer is designed as a means for Singapore to express itself as a magnet for tourism. A notable addition to the nation’s entertainment industry, the project is endorsed by the Singapore Tourism Board and supported by foreign investment. It represents a major public destination at the heart of the business and commercial centre of Singapore, marking the southeastern corner of the city on a stretch of reclaimed land at the confluence of the Kallang and the Singapore Rivers.
At 170m in height, the Singapore Flyer is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Its design follows the structural logic of a bicycle wheel assembly, comprised by a trussed rim supported by tension cables affixed to the 150m-diameter hoop and central hub. The hub, in turn, is held by twin forks also stabilised by tension cables anchored to the ground. Each of 28 air-conditioned suspended glass capsules can accommodate 30 people, and the wheel makes one complete revolution every 37 minutes. Views from this man-made site offer an unprecedented perspective of downtown Singapore.
A three-storey podium is tiered in section and forms a loop in plan, serving as a ‘green mound’ at the base of the wheel to enclose its large steel structural supports within a landscaped rainforest courtyard. The podium hosts a ring of retail at its perimeter and a landing platform for access to the wheel’s capsules on its rooftop. An elevated walkway connects the podium to a carpark and Mass Rapid Transit station.
⇒ Architecture Guide to SINGAPORE