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Old August 31st, 2007, 03:41 PM   #361
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Biggest wheel set to turn in Singapore

31 Aug 07

SINGAPORE - Please, don't call this a Ferris wheel, officials stress.

"We don't use the F-word," says Florian Bollen, the chairman of Singapore Flyer, a giant slowly-rotating observation wheel, which he says will be leagues apart from its old-fashioned little brother at the fairground.

At 165 metres (545 feet), or 42 storeys high, the Singapore Flyer will be the largest observation wheel in the world, said Bollen.

The project, still under construction, is tentatively expected to open in the city-state next March.

Bollen's Singapore-based company, Great Wheel Corp, is also building wheels in Beijing and Berlin which will edge out the Singapore Flyer as the world's biggest when they begin turning in about two years, he says.

"It's a completely different generation of wheels by comparison to the old-style Ferris wheel," Bollen told reporters on Thursday.

He says Britain's London Eye, which opened at the turn of the century and is 30 metres lower than Singapore's wheel, was the first of the new generation.

"It's a huge success story. It really has created something completely new, and that's why we thought building these wheels is a good thing," says the German, who came to his new venture from the financing of films.

Unlike cramped Ferris wheel carriages which hang in the open air, the Singapore Flyer and other large observation wheels feature fixed "capsules".

The Singapore Flyer's capsules -- about the size of a city bus -- are air conditioned and can carry up to 28 people. Passengers are free to walk around and will not feel movement or vibration, the company says.

"And when you're up on top of the wheel, you really have the feeling of being on top of the world," Bollen says.

"It's just a very slow, nice experience. It's all about the view."

The Singapore Flyer will be located on the Singapore waterfront across from the Marina Bay Sands casino complex set to open in 2009, and near the pit area of a Formula One Grand Prix street race to be held for the first time in 2008.

Lacking natural attractions, the wealthy nation has embarked on a major campaign to spruce up its tourist appeal.

For S$29.50 (US$19.37), passengers on the Singapore Flyer will get a 360-degree view of up to 45 kilometres across the island republic and into neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, the developers say.

Higher-priced tickets include food and drinks.

The project, worth about S$240 million, is a private venture backed mainly by German investors. But Bollen says it has received strong marketing and other support from the city-state's tourism board.

He declined to reveal the rent they are paying for the site. Bollen says his company was the only bidder for the project designed by Kisho Kurokawa Architects and Associates of Tokyo, along with Singapore's DP Architects.

The builders are Mitsubishi Corp and Takenaka Corp of Japan.

Each ride on the flyer will last about 37 minutes and while passengers wait for "takeoff", they can wander among two lower levels of shops, restaurants, and a tropical rainforest.

It is marketing itself as a venue for everything from business meetings to weddings.

The 28 capsules on the wheel will be able to move about 10 million people per year, Bollen adds.

About 40 percent of revenue is expected to come from corporate clients and another 30 percent from travel agents, says Patsy Ong, managing director of Adval Brand Group Pte Ltd, the marketing agents.

Bollen says his firm is in "very active discussions" with civic authorities in New Delhi and Mumbai about possible wheels there too.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:15 PM   #362
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Old September 1st, 2007, 03:32 AM   #363
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gorgeous! i hope they'll have special lighting for special events
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:49 AM   #364
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yes that would be lovely, or just dazzling white is nice :-)

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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:11 AM   #365
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Any updates? I'm guessing they will have added all of the pods by now.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 11:24 PM   #366
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Every city needs one of these, don't they...haha.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 11:28 PM   #367
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Any updates? I'm guessing they will have added all of the pods by now.
Indeed they have (all 28 capsules have been installed), a couple of days ago.

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Old October 4th, 2007, 03:52 AM   #368
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The image below changes everytime you click the refresh button. Visit http://www.singaporeflyer.com.sg/wha...onst_progs.php should you wish to have the image autorefresh itself (at the time of this post, you can see the wheel moving).
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Old October 5th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #369
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Thanks for the post ignoramas..

Sneak peak of the whole Singapore Flyer complex here :

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Old October 5th, 2007, 08:19 PM   #370
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Indeed they have (all 28 capsules have been installed), a couple of days ago.

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Old October 14th, 2007, 05:27 AM   #371
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Kisho Kurokawa, the architect who designed the Flyer, passed away the day before yesterday.

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Kisho Kurokawa, the architect who designed the Flyer, passed away the day before yesterday.

What were his last projects?
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Not sure, but it could very well be the Singapore Flyer!
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The image below changes everytime you click the refresh button. Visit http://www.singaporeflyer.com.sg/wha...onst_progs.php should you wish to have the image autorefresh itself (at the time of this post, you can see the wheel moving).
Its turning right now, refresh every 15 secs and you'll see the black pod move.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 12:20 PM   #376
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 01:36 PM   #377
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Taken today.

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Close-up of the cabin.

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Old November 27th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #378
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Old November 27th, 2007, 02:51 PM   #379
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very nice indeed...awesome!
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Old November 28th, 2007, 09:56 AM   #380
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got to see it with my own eyes after exams....
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