“Let’s simply call it ‘Fluxus’”, says Massimiliano Fuksas, who created this word to describe his project, a shopping centre with 77,000 square metres of floor space, which has been opened on 2009-02-26 in one of Germany’s best known and busiest shopping streets, the ‘Zeil’ in Frankfurt. The official name of this shopping and leisure temple is ‘MyZeil’. However, when we take a closer look at the building and the assortment of goods on show, it soon becomes evident what the Italian architect wanted to say.
Let’s start with the facade: 135 tonnes of steelwork and 800 diamond-shaped glass elements cover an area of around 8,500 square metres.
And then there is the futuristic roof that, with around 13,000 square metres, takes up an area the size of two football pitches and covers the whole complex of buildings. It is shaped rather like a canyon that penetrates the building like a funnel.
Inside, eight lifts and 24 escalators link the eight floors. One of the escalators is the ‘expressway’. With an overall length of 47 metres, it is one of the longest indoor, self-supporting escalators in Europe and has a theoretical capacity of 9,000 people per hour.
After 120 seconds and a height difference of 21 metres, visitors arrive from the shopping street on the ground floor to the ‘Gastro Boulevard’ on the fourth floor where they can enjoy a range of culinary delights and a splendid view of Frankfurt’s skyline.