The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is teeming with people. Students, professors and visitors from Frankfurt’s business community mix in the publicly accessible inner streetscape ─ The Street of Knowledge. The street is a tribute to Die Zeil, Frankfurt grand old shopping street and simultaneously a symbol of the fusion between the city’s life and the school’s life. This is an educational institution, bringing focus to ambitious learning, research and consulting with a joint basis in human interaction and knowledge sharing.
A substantial part of learning in higher education takes place through the knowledge passed on between students through informal social interaction, where dialogue is allowed to take center stage.
Therefore, the campus for The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is designed with a rich variation of educational spaces.
The design of the school reinvents the traditional hierarchical structure of learning. A mix of 61 spaces for teamwork and informal encounters, 38 seminar rooms, 11 intimate lecture rooms shaped like an amphitheater and 1 auditorium space highlights the ambition to encourage learning outside the classrooms.
"I am deeply convinced that personal encounters between people are of great value for an economic university like the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. That is why our new campus is centered around communication and openness. It is a place for ambitious learning, research and consulting, which acts like a magnet and will give us a great boost on our way to becoming one of the best business schools in Europe," says Professor Dr. Udo Steffens, President of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Henning Larsen is continuously engaged in creating higher learning facilities around the world, all with a strong focus on the interaction between people and the use of natural daylight.
In a report from 2013 World Green Building Council states that students achieve 5-14 % higher test scores and learn 20-26 % faster when placed in rooms lit by natural daylight.
In The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management a spectacular skylight and the offset location of the five towers create an optimal flow of natural daylight inside the building.
“As architects we know that light is one of the most important factors for learning. It helps improving our focus and performance. My hope and ambition is that the varied daylight-filled spaces we have created for Frankfurt School of Finance & Management will contribute to the important task of educating students that will excel within their field and give something back to the city of Frankfurt,” says Partner and Design Principal at Henning Larsen, Louis Becker.