Design concept by Henning Larsen Architects
The architectural design of the new campus aims to create a meaningful public space that connects Frankfurt School with its surroundings. The design takes the former Regional Tax Office (OFD) building as its starting point, echoing the latter’s overall size, appearance, materials and geometry. In keeping with the site’s heritage, the front of the new building is set off by large, tranquil, open lawns, offering an unimpeded view of the management building. The campus is easily accessible from all sides, and closely integrated with the surrounding area. It is divided up into a series of slightly offset towers, arranged in such a way that sightlines are left open on all sides.
The height of the towers has been kept in line with the former Regional Tax Office building, creating a canyon-like space through which runs the “Zeil of Knowledge”, named after Frankfurt’s busiest shopping street. This acts as the central meeting place and focal point for the entire campus: the social hub of the complex. All major facilities – the main auditorium (Audimax), Learning Centre, restaurant, deli, Student & Alumni Relations department, breakout and seminar rooms – are linked to the Zeil, which is a large, open, inviting space resembling a promenade or mall. The Zeil connects all floors and facilities with the main entrance.