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Francoforte sul Meno, Germania: Myzeil Shopping Mall by Fuksas
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“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.

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

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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).

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The two poles of the project, the side of the Zeil and the side of the Thurn und Taxis, are designed differently.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Location: Frankfurt, Germany Architects: Studio Fuksas - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Engineering: Structures – Knippers-Helbig Beratende Ingenieure, Stuttgart; Krebs und Kiefer Beratende Ingenieure für das Bauwesen GmbH, Darmstadt | Realization of the façade and covering – Waagner Biro Stahlbau Ag, Wien Surface: Built Surface – 77,000 sq.m., Facade – 8,500 sq.m., Cover – 13,000 sq.m. Year: 2002-2009 Client: PalaisQuartier GmBh & Co., Kg

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