“The central idea of Henning Larsen Architects’ vision convinced us. The campus conveys playfulness. With its central mall and various open spaces and terraces, it invites students, executives, faculty and staff as well as graduates and guests to stay”, explains Professor Dr. Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
The architecture 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. Along this public central corridor, the modules are pushed back or pulled into the space, linking the functions of the school with the existing campus area 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.
“With our new campus, its location and design, we aim to integrate the School more closely into the city and urban life in Frankfurt. We already engage with the community and take part in various initiatives. The new campus is supposed to enhance this involvement!” says Udo Steffens. Dr. Steffens further explained that the school takes part in and contributes to public debates. Through education, research and advisory, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management addresses a broad range of current and challenging topics such as renewable energy finance, the impact of microcredits, and questions of justice with regard to manager remunerations.
The international competition for the Frankfurt School of Finanace & Management’s new building was arranged as collaboration between the School and the City of Frankfurt. Henning Larsen Architects competed against four invited teams, including world-renowned architects Zaha Hadid, OMA and Dominique Perrault. The winning design is the result of a successful cooperation between Henning Larsen Architects’ offices in Copenhagen and Munich.