Local Heart, Global Soul

February 24, 2015

A Hat-Tip To The Marketing Men…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are just leaving the amazing building and shopping centre that is MzZeil in Frankfurt when I hear Little Mr give out two loud exclamations.

The first is clearly delight and the second is single word stretched out like a sad moan of disappointment.

The first was a very high pitched shrieking exclamation of the word “Lego!!!!” announced like the discovery of the century, and the second was “Noooooo” as he realised that the shop he had just discovered is closed.

I must say that the image of my son pressed up against the shop-front glass with a face that didn’t  know if it was delighted or disappointed was rather funny, but I didn’t dare even crack even so much as a smile or a small fury at his helplessness would surely be unleashed.

We had found a dedicated Lego shop, and the clear glass shop-front window was probably the best marketing gimmick ever, because all the treasures inside were on display for any Lego-radar processing child to detect in an instant. Frankfurt instantly became Little Mr’s favourite city and he’s keen to return (any time when this shop is open of course).

Not so many meters away there was another sight to make me smile… a tiny glass door leading into a shop, one clearly made for children, and naturally alongside it, another door that was made to accommodate adults.Again, the shop was closed so we didn’t see our kids show us the small door in action, but the concept is sweet  and of course, again, directed directly at children.

I assume they have lost count of the number of  young ‘un’s  who have broken free from their parents and dashed in via the  little door, leaving the bemused parents to follow through the big one and then try and entice their child out without making a purchase.A hat-tip to marketing men / women for both shops… enticement comes in many forms and starts young these days.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

February 23, 2015

The Scene Is Set For A Shooting…

There are some things that you don’t expect to see when you are out and about and one of them is a fashion photo-shoot. That’s exactly what we saw when visited MyZeil in Frankfurt am Main. I have no idea if it was for a fashion student’s portfolio, a model looking to promote her career or for a magazine or catalogue, but it was interesting to watch and of course the location was stunning.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

February 22, 2015

Oops There’s A Hole In The Roof…And A Scary Escalator…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this archive post Family Kiwidutch are in the German city of Frankfurt and now visiting one of the cities iconic buildings: “MyZeil”.

MyZeil is a shopping centre complex in the centre of Frankfurt, designed by Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas as part of the PalaisQuartier development. It’s main entrance on the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping street. It was officially opened on 26 February 2009.

We enter by  a 45 meter escalator that is one of the longest in Germany that takes us directly to the fourth floor of the building.

I’m not sure if the escalator is steep or if it just seems that way because it’s so long and I’m on crutches but Himself helps me on and stands behind me so that I feel safer. I get some photographs from the top, looking down.

I find out some more information:

“Architectural highlight of the future Mall and Entertainment Center in the city centre of Frankfurt is its amorphous roof landscape which reminds of the formative conception of a Canyon. It covers the complete building complex.

The triangular structure of the roof penetrates the building inside, through light openings, and forms itself finally in the ground floor as a well-lit tunnel.

Inside fluid shaped spaces offer interesting view relations at all levels of the building. The daylight penetrates into the lower floors and creates a daylight-lit ambience. The fully glazed main facade continues the organically formed steel-glass roof and allows the pedestrians a view through the building into the sky by an inward trumpet formed deformation.

A 45m long express-escalator connects the street level directly with  a Piazza in the 4th floor containing catering and the accesses to the areas of Fitness, Wellness and Kidsworld above.The basic idea of the shopping mall is to create a vertical city by physical and visual connections inside the building, an urban shooping street with a new element – verticality.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside we find that the inside architecture is even more amazing than the outside… it’s mind-boggling that it was even possible to build this and the photographs don’t do it justice.

A comment on the TripAdvisor website also mentions:

“The use of toilet is free of cost in this mall. Also you can utilize the free WIFI access while you are in their garden area in the ground floor.

Besides, they also have facility to recharge your mobile device (30 min) in a locker, while you can stroll around and collect them afterwards.”

Address Zeil 106, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
Total area (GEA) 77,000 m2
Levels Eight levels, more than 100 shops

Special feature:  The longest interior suspended escalator in Germany with 45 m Expressway,

from the Ground Floor up to the 4th floor in ca. 120 seconds.

Entrances from Zeil 106 and Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 4  //  Basement car park Entrance on Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Escalator heading upwards…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Escalator views looking down…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The  escalator hangs in the space and disappears into the depths…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Views from even higher…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A four story  escalator is not for those who don’t have a head for heights… the levels drop away below us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The roof becomes like the top of a funnel…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

… and disappears down like a stream of water…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Going down in the lift, the glass doors show the building off all the way down…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A Café viewing terrace…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the views from the window…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hmmm, We keep seeing this helicopter…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://www.architonic.com/aisht/myzeil-shopping-mall-part-of-the-palaisquartier-fuksas/5100026

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187337-d2202504-Reviews-MyZeil-Frankfurt_Hesse.html

February 21, 2015

David Sits On A Goliath Of A Statue…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch are in Frankfurt and are now heading for the Zeil.

There’s a pedestrian area with a central avenue of trees and inside part of it we find a large artwork, an imposing statue.

Our friend tells me it’s called “David and Goliath”  so once we are back at her place I look up some background information.

On the Frankfurt Tourism website (link at bottom of this post) I find out that the sculptor is Richard Heß ( born Berlin 1937) and that:

“The sculpture was placed in a small depression, enabling pedestrians to get a better look at this unusual work of art.

Having vanquished his nemesis, Frankfurt’s representation of David is depicted sitting on Goliath’s decapitated head, with the enemy’s beaten corpse lying on a nearby heap.

Hess has fashioned David sporting both a helmet and slingshot, raising the question of whether Hess actually followed the bible’s version of events.

Many of Hess’ works deal with the subject of war, might, struggle and violence, and thus it is no surprise that his version of David and Goliath once again focuses on the sorry interaction of violence and retribution.”

We continue a very short distance down the der Hauptwache, where a very unusual sight awaits us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Media/Attraktionen/David-and-Goliath

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