MyZeil – Pretty, but not waterproof

MyZeil - The new shopping mall in Frankfurt am Main.

There’s a spankin’ new shopping center in Frankfurt am Main that is called MyZeil and that turns heads with its, say, peculiar architecture. As you can see in the picture above, it has a hole, and the glass roof twists and turns into a fancy looking glass tube.

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Now I bet you are imagining all kinds of exciting possibilities of where this glass tube could end, you’re thinking maybe a fish tank, maybe a little garden, maybe in an open air café or something? Ha! You wish. It ends in this beautiful scenery, and please do click on the image to enlarge it and look closely:

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Yes. It ends in an ugly weird box and concrete and some dirt and cables in the background (not really visible in the photo). Nice. Millions and millions spent in fancy architecture that draws your attention to dirty concrete. But with this the question arises – and I have heard many ask – “So, what happens when it rains?” You want to know what happens to an architectural gem that has cost millions… when it rains? This:

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In my opinion, this is more than just a little embarassing.

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