Located in the heart of the Frankfurt city center, the MyZeil Shopping Mall’s by Fuksas Studio has been the newest hub for restaurants, fitness gyms, and retail shopping since its opening in 2009 next to the famous Zeil shopping street and the PalaisQuartier. A funneled roof landscape takes urban shoppers into a vertical realm through six floors beneath 3,200 triangular glass pieces and one of the longest escalators in Germany (46 m). A void strategically travels through the building at multiple elevations and roots itself at the ground floor, much like a river, providing an openly lit tunnel from above and an atrium structure.
In response to historical context, a glass facade on Zeil, a famous shopping street, is sucked into a void that opens up to Thurn and Taxis palace with a much more formal facade. The uniform glass structure of the roof landscape acts as a “shell” to filter light at all levels of the building, designed by Knippers Helbig of Stuttgart. The blend of modern and the historical influences of Frankfurt can be found in the play on contrasting street facades, but also in an alternating choice of steel and glass panels on the shell facade.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.