Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

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The architecture of the building encourages students to interact with the surrounding city; lecture rooms and conference facilities are situated adjacent to the library, canteen and shops – functions within the campus buildings which are open to the public.

The building is made up of modules, off-set from one another to create an oblong, public zone in the centre, linking the functions of the school with the existing campus area, adjacent businesses and recreational city areas at various points. The link between the new school and Frankfurt’s central business district will strengthen the connection between the academic and commercial environments and improve students’ understanding of the challenges and opportunities in business.

The design of the new school is characterised by a high degree of flexibility to accommodate the various and changing needs of the users. The off-set building modules – comprising learning zones, lecture halls, offices, event space, conference area, lounge and canteen – are united in the roofed atrium, which will provide the setting for everyday gatherings and larger events alike.

The facade design optimally combines windows and closed facade panels in relation to sun, sound and wind conditions, while at the same time allowing for optimal views to the surrounding city centre. The facade is made up of terracotta tiles of various colours. The combination of mat and shiny colours gives the facade a dynamic, detailed appearance, with varying expressions depending on the light. Mechanical, censor-controlled solar protection panels prevent the building from overheating.

The design of the new campus is inspired by architect Hans Köhler’s original drawings for the Finance Directorate in Frankfurt, situated on the same plot as the new school is now built.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Frankfurt
Client: Frankfurt School of Finance & Managment
Gross floor area: 42,000 m2
Year of design: 2013 - 2016
Type of assignment: Invited competition in two phases
Consulting Engineer: Innius RR, Werner Sobek, Transsolar

About the competition

About the competition

The competition was launched in a collaboration between Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Frankfurt City. Henning Larsen Architects was up against four invited teams, among these world-known names such as Zaha Hadid, OMA and Dominique Perrault.

In March 2013, the jury ranked the designs by both Henning Larsen Architects and Dominique Perrault as number one. Both firms were asked to further develop their designs. In June, the jury decided to pursue the design by Henning Larsen Architects. Currently, the details of the proposal are finalised.

Architect Till Schneider, CEO of Schneider + Schumacher, was chairman of the jury, which also counted members of the school foundation, the school board, representatives of the school's alumni association, members of Frankfurt City Council, experienced architects and engineers etc.

Sustainability

Sustainability

The design of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is based on Henning Larsen Architects' method for sustainable design, which minimises the overall environmental impact of the project from the first sketch.

The method operates with three levels: energy reduction; energy optimisation and energy production. At an early design stage, the building geometry is optimised by means of professional calculations and simulations of daylight, performed by Henning Larsen Architects' in-house experts. This reduces the need for artificial lightning and costly heating and ventilation solutions. 

Subsequently, low-maintenance, easily operated technical solutions are incorporated into the project, optimising the energy performance of the building. If the desired energy classification is not obtained by these measures, energy-producing technologies such as solar cells or geothermal heat pumps are integrated into the project.

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  • Frankfurt