London Eye

Originally conceived by architects David Marks and Julia Barfield as an entry for a millennium landmark competition, the project took six years and the expertise of hundreds of people from five European countries to turn it into a reality. 

At 135 m high, the British Airways London Eye is the Worlds largest observation wheel, offering fantastic views over the Capital, west looking down on the nearby Houses of Parliament, north across to Buckingham Palace, over to Canary Wharf in the East.  On a really clear day Windsor Castle some 25 miles away can be seen. Though only opened to visitors early in 2000 the Eye has already proved itself to be a popular London tourist attraction.

The 32 passenger capsules, each accommodating 25 people, of the London Eye incorporate an entirely new design form for observation wheels. Instead of being suspended under gravity they turn within circular mounting rings fixed to the outside of the main rim, thereby allowing a spectacular 360 - degree panorama at the top.

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