An architectural icon for Frankfurt
Frankfurt School’s new campus provides a first-class infrastructure as part of an optimised learning and teaching environment for students, teaching staff and employees, as well as participants in professional development and continuing education programmes. At the same time, the new building combines openness – in the form of the generously proportioned campus mall and various roof terraces – with quiet spaces for individual work and numerous breakout rooms for concentrated joint study where students can work together on case studies and presentations. Amphitheatre-style lecture halls with flexible seating are distributed throughout the building, encouraging collaboration and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas between academic staff and students.
The clean, Scandinavian design by Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen has also turned the campus into an architectural icon for the City of Frankfurt. The five offset tower blocks are connected by a canyon-like mall. Via this “Zeil of Knowledge”, students can reach all key parts of the campus: the student canteen (Mensa) and deli, the Learning Centre (accessible to students and academics 24/7 and equipped with all the most important media and databases) and Study Advisory unit, plus, of course, the many seminar rooms.
In front of the building, five mini-landscapes portray the continents of Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. The groups of trees and shrubs reflect the international spirit of Frankfurt School and its students, who come from all over the world. The interior décor of the five tower blocks picks up on this theme – each building’s wall decoration symbolises one of the five continents.