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.