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Old January 12th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #21
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Was the London Eye worlwide the first Giant Wheel? I mean one, that is far more than 100 metres high?
Nope... at least i dont think so...im pretty sure it either goes to the Texas Star @ the Texas State Fair or some other one in Japan...

but as for having the first MODERN big wheel...London has that record for now.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 01:50 AM   #22
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Very nice project for Berlin

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Old January 13th, 2007, 01:56 AM   #23
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the first giant wheel was built in vienna - it's the 105 year old prater ...
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Old January 13th, 2007, 06:12 AM   #24
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Hi Skyman.

Thankyou for posting the renderings, it looks like a nice wheel! Cannot wait to see it under construction, or better. Built.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 07:47 AM   #25
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Berlin is a great place to build such a massive observation wheel because there aren't many tall buildings to obstruct your view.

You would have a clear view over all of central Berlin and more.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 01:09 PM   #26
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great pics, looks all very modern
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Old January 13th, 2007, 03:45 PM   #27
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Berlin is a great place to build such a massive observation wheel because there aren't many tall buildings to obstruct your view.

You would have a clear view over all of central Berlin and more.
The view will really be awesome, because the wheel is located next to the Zoo of Berlin, which is really a beauty. It is also near the Tiergarten (park) and near the Kurfürstendamm (famous avenue) with the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (memorial church).
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Old April 1st, 2007, 11:59 PM   #28
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COPYCATS, the germans always good in copyin technology, economic policies, legal reforms, social trends etc etc etc , now gona copy London Eye WOW congrats
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 12:08 AM   #29
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lol, copy london eye.....nobody copy's the London Eye......Dubai will built a Wheel, Singapur actually does, Peking will, Berlin............
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 12:24 AM   #30
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Back in 2004, there was a proposal for a Ferries Wheel of 450 feet in lower Manhattan. I am so glad that crappy idea just die off.




http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...96&postcount=1
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 03:07 PM   #31
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agree, such a wheel wouldn't look good in Manhattan!
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 07:52 PM   #32
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Nope... at least i dont think so...im pretty sure it either goes to the Texas Star @ the Texas State Fair or some other one in Japan...

but as for having the first MODERN big wheel...London has that record for now.
London has the first observation wheel and the rest are just following suite.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 08:27 PM   #33
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the first giant wheel was built in vienna - it's the 105 year old prater ...
Vienna's wheel, completed 1897, was built by an Englishman, Walter Bassett, who had already built a similar large ferris wheel in London (completed in 1895 and dismantled in 1907). Even the relatively recent and large wheels in Japan also belong to a previous generation of ferris wheels. The London Eye was the first of a new generation of observation wheels and Singapore and Berlin are obviously copying that. I don't mind though. Cities copy one another all the time and immitation is the highest form of flattery after all...
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 09:03 PM   #34
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Cities copy one another all the time and immitation is the highest form of flattery after all...
I agree, just like the skyscraper.

If they do one in NYC, I think one on Governors Island will be ideal. but not in Manhattan.


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Old April 5th, 2007, 11:44 AM   #35
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Some renderings from official site www.greatwheel.com





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Old April 5th, 2007, 04:10 PM   #36
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Vienna's wheel, completed 1897, was built by an Englishman, Walter Bassett, who had already built a similar large ferris wheel in London (completed in 1895 and dismantled in 1907). Even the relatively recent and large wheels in Japan also belong to a previous generation of ferris wheels. The London Eye was the first of a new generation of observation wheels and Singapore and Berlin are obviously copying that. I don't mind though. Cities copy one another all the time and immitation is the highest form of flattery after all...
So what? London copied its own historic concept (whereas Viennas Giant wheel is the last remaining example of that old guard) and improved as well as enlarged it. Other cities do the same now.

If you introduce the idea of "originality" than it has to be referring to the one in Vienna. Everything else is a modern adopted copy of the same concept. And I have no problem in pointing out that the one in Vienna is in fact a british construction.
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Old April 7th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #37
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pretty nice renderings!
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Old April 8th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #38
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great news for berlin.. hopefully will be the highest wheel in the world...
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Old April 8th, 2007, 12:20 AM   #39
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don't be so sure....dubai will build also one and this will be maybe over 200m tall
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Old April 8th, 2007, 12:30 AM   #40
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I look forward to this Ferris Wheel and when I will travel to Berlin after its completion, I will take a ride on it. And what is the best: it looks good for its realization, which is today often not the case at such projects in Germany today ( nevertheless nearly all people in Germany not living in and around Berlin do not know from this project).

This Ferris Wheel will be not the first stationary Ferris Wheel in Berlin:

In 1969 Spreepark an amusement park in Berlin-Treptow was built. In this park was also a Ferris Wheel built. In 1989 this Ferris Wheel was replaced by a 45 metre diametre Ferris Wheel.
Since the closure of Spreepark in 2001, this Ferris Wheel is unused, but it may be still functionable and it is not planned to demolish it. If this Ferris Wheel will be put in service again and the 175 metre Ferris Wheel will be built Berlin will have 2 Ferris Wheels!

Which other town has or had this?


45 metre Ferris Wheel in Spreepark. Further information ( in German) on http://www.spreepark.de/fahrgeschaefte/30_riesenrad.htm , http://www.fladeparade.de/berlin_spreepark2.html , http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spreepark
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