The Hettema Group's 550ft-high Ferris Wheel reaches new heights in Las Vegas
Construction on the world’s tallest Ferris wheel reached a milestone this week as its outer ring was completed, bringing the project full circle. The High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada was designed by The Hettema Group with Arup Engineering and reaches a staggering height of 167.6m (550ft), 2.6m taller than the previous tallest Ferris wheel, the Kisho Kurokawa Architects & Associates-designed Singapore Flyer.
The outer ring is split into 28 sections for ease of construction, with each piece measuring 56ft in length and weighing 44 tonnes. During the construction process the sections were held in place with temporary radial struts which are being replaced by four cables apiece. The construction team will now move on the addition of 28 glass spherical cabins, each capable of hosting 40 people and incorporating entertainment features such as music and theatrical lighting.
The High Roller is the focus point of a 300,000 sq ft open-air development by Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, stitching retail, dining and entertainment facilities into a lively new district in the city. Located on the Las Vegas Strip and masterplanned by David M. Schwarz Architects, The LINQ will create 200,000 sq ft of gross leasable space leading up to the core feature: The High Roller.
Another architectural element of note in The LINQ is The Vortex, a gateway commerical facility by Hetzel Design. With its swooping canopy and melange of animated colours, the LED-lit façade is designed to complement the nearby High Roller's tonal display. As Branislav Hetzel, Design Principal and Founder of Hetzel Design explains: “When we designed The Vortex, we were inspired by the concept of turning the vibrancy of urban energy into a building. Located at the centre of The Strip, The Vortex represents the pulsating heart of Las Vegas and spreads energy through The LINQ and through the city.
Design Architect - David M. Schwarz Architects
Architect of The Vortex - Hetzel Design
Architect of Record - Klai Juba Architects
Wheel Concept Design - The Hettema Group
Wheel Engineering and Design - Arup Engineering