One of the most unusual building projects in Europe features the 18th century Thurn und Taxis Palais as its centrepiece. Around this baroque city palace the PalaisQuartier is now unfolding to reveal its many possibilities.
For over 50 years the valuable city-centre site of today’s PalaisQuartier was not accessible to the public. Today it is pulsating again thanks to the international charisma of the trendsetting new complex with the shopping centre MyZeil, the NEXTOWER office block, Hotel Jumeirah and the Thurn und Taxis Palais.
Between the architecture of the modern school and the romantic style of the baroque anything is therefore possible: working, relaxing, shopping, chilling out, enjoying. The PalaisQuartier is a jewel and on a street with one of the highest sales outputs in Germany, combines four buildings with different possible uses and independent architecture to form an urban living space.
The four buildings are connected by the new square Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz. Under all this is the largest basement car park in Frankfurt, the MyZeil/PalaisQuartier Car Park. Thus a new prestige address which has a great deal to offer has been created between the Zeil and Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse.
|Area of site||17,400 m2|
|Gross external area (GEA)||226,000 m2|
|Gross cubic content||982,300 m3|
|Area of Thurn und Taxis Palais||11,000 m2|
|Area of office tower NEXTOWER||48,000 m2 (lettable area 32,000 m2)|
|Area of Jumeirah Frankfurt||22,000 m2|
|Area of shopping centre MyZeil||77,000 m2|
|MyZeil /PalaisQuartier Car Park||1,396 parking spaces, of which 900 for public|
The PalaisQuartier is located at one of the best addresses: in the middle of Europe, in the middle of Germany, in the heart of the economic location Rhine-Main, on one of the most important shopping streets with the highest turnover in Europe, the Zeil. The prime location between the Zeil and Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse includes the immediate proximity to Frankfurt Airport (18 minutes by car). From PalaisQuartier one arrives on foot within a few minutes both at one’s place of work and also at places of relaxation, entertainment and hobbies.
Only a few minutes away is the historic Börse (Stock Exchange), the banking and stock exchange quarter and the trade fairground, and also the idyllic bank of the river Main, the historic Römer city hall, the legendary Oper (Opera House), the shimmering Tigerpalast, one of the longest parades of museums in Europe, cinemas, theatres and naturally the pleasure of shopping on the Zeil or the luxurious Goethe-strasse. S and U-Bahn (express city and underground railway) stations, the most heavily frequented express railway station in the Frankfurt fast train network, with connections to the main railway station and to the airport, takes only 2 minutes. The PalaisQuartier lies at the centre in every respect.
The complex consisting of baroque city palace, modern shopping centre, glass-fronted hotel tower and imposing office tower is a master piece on which two renowned architectural practices have collaborated.
Massimiliano Fuksas developed MyZeil, the office of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten designed the two modern towers and the reconstruction of the Palais.
The designers of KSP have succeeded in creating an extraordinary link between traditional and modern. They relied on the original construction drawings of Robert de Cotte dating from the year 1729 in the reconstruction of the Thurn und Taxis Palais on the lines of its historic predecessor. The architects provided the towers with a sculptural appearance which reminds one of works of Constantin Brancusi. They created airy transparency with glass facades, and cleverly designed the interior life of the buildings in accordance with the latest standards.
This design corresponds to the glazed roof landscape of the shopping centre MyZeil, whose transparent external envelope offers a wide view of adjacent facades. The dynamism and the tension in the building are accompanied by daylight which floods through the elaborate glass construction.
The PalaisQuartier is a part of the cityscape and with its two 96 and 135 m high towers and its seemingly futuristic shopping centre MyZeil adds to the skyline of Frankfurt am Main.