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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

MyZeil Shopping Mall in Frankfurt, Germany by Studio Fuksas

 
June 22nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Fuksas

The MyZeil Shopping Mall covers an area of 77,000 square meters, a structure that includes shops, leisure spaces, kids areas, restaurants, fitness center and parking.

The building is spread over 6 floors, the shopping area from level -1 to the third floor, while from the fourth floor, which serves as a square and meeting place, there are the fitness area and restaurants.

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  • Architects: Studio Fuksas
  • Project: MyZeil Shopping Mall
  • Location: Frankfurt amMain, Germany
  • Client: PalaisQuartierGmBH& CO., KG
  • Period: 2002-2009
  • Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
  • Interior Design: Fuksas Design
  • Surface: Built surface: 77,000 sq.m.; Façade: 8,500 sq.m.; Cover: 13,000 sq.m.
  • Engineering:
    Structures:
    Knippers-HelbigBeratendeIngenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer BeratendeIngenieurefür das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt
    Realization of the façade and covering:
    Waagner Biro Stahlbau AG, Wien

Image Courtesy Karsten Monnerjahn

The project comes from geography. It’s like a river that, from above, has got different depths, reaching the depths of the Earth.

The structure of the project stems from a fluid shape that connects the Zeil, an important shopping boulevard in the heart of the city of Frankfurt, with the Thurn und Taxis palace (building reconstructed in historic style).

The two poles of the project, the side of the Zeil and the side of the Thurn und Taxis, are designed differently. The façade that runs along the Zeil is an expression of leisure, entertainment, relaxation. The other side, instead, maintains a more formal appearance.

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The façade on the Zeil is sucked into a great void that makes us see the sky and that invites visitors to enter as sucked into a vortex.

From the ground floor, users can access the various plans through a system of escalators and elevators, and go directly to the fourth floor in 120 seconds through a 45-meter escalator.

Worthy of note is the cover, alternating panels of glass and steel recalling the landscape of the canyon.

This external “shell”, mostly transparent, through a system of voids is for filtering the natural light at all levels of the mall.

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