The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 94 (2016) > Issue 6 > The Vegas High Roller observation wheel
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The Vegas High Roller observation wheel

The Vegas High Roller is the latest and most progressive of the modern giant observation wheel concepts first developed by Marks Barfield Architects with Arup for the London Eye in the late 1990s. Unlike other cable-tensioned wheels, the structural design of the rim has been reduced to a single tubular chord carrying 28 actively stabilised, large spherical cabins (each accommodating up to 40 passengers). The benefit of improved structural stability is exploited by using a 35m long hub-and-spindle assembly connecting the cable spokes to the rim. The result is an elegant and distinctive structural solution. It is also the first giant observation wheel to operate in a desert environment. This article describes the project’s development and some of the challenges that this unique structure created.

The project won the Institution’s 2015 Structural Award for Arts and Entertainment Structures.

Author(s): J. Lyle (Arup UK), J. Krolicki (Arup North America) and R. Smith (Arup North America)