MyZeil Shopping Centre
The completely glazed façade front of the MyZeil Shopping Center in Frankfurt am Main forms the entrance to the Palaisquartier from the Zeil – Frankfurt’s most important shopping street. Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas designed the shopping and leisure world, which opened in 2009, with its unusual architectural perspectives. It extends over 6 floors and 52,000 square metres of retail space. The building is vaulted by 3,200 triangular glass elements and includes Europe’s longest interior self-supporting escalator with a length of 42m. A striking eye-catcher is a funnel-shaped hole in the façade with a view of the sky behind it. MyZeil received an award from the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) in 2009 for its architecture and urban development qualities.
MyZeil is the entrance from the Zeil to the Palaisquartier in Frankfurt’s city centre. The former “Post-Areal” was completely redeveloped in 2004-2011. In addition to MyZeil, it includes the 136-metre-high Nextower office tower, the 96-metre-high five-star luxury hotel “Jumeirah Frankfurt” and a scaled-down reconstruction of the baroque Palais Thurn und Taxis.
The Zeil has been a boulevard of Frankfurt for centuries, recognisable, for example, in the drawn Zeil panorama by Johann Georg Adam Strobel from 1840. From the end of the 19th century, it developed into one of the best-known and highest-turnover shopping streets in Germany. However, the large department stores of the pre-war period were almost completely destroyed during air raids in 1944, along with the older buildings that were still existing. As a result, the Zeil today is characterised by modern shopping centres, department stores and post-war commercial buildings.
This panorama shows only a section of the façade of an unfinished view of the complete street between Hauptwache and Stiftstrasse. Under the detailed images on the right you will find further excerpts or previews – the series of images were taken in 2014 and 2020.