On Thursday, October 26, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management celebrated the official opening of the university’s new campus in Adickesallee, in Frankfurt’s Nordend district. The business school has spent the last two years building a campus here that sets new standards.
Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School, welcomed students, alumni, employees and guests from the worlds of business, academia and politics to the campus “mall” – the heart of the building – and shared his enthusiasm for the business school’s new location: “This new campus has everything we hoped for and dreamed of. It is a place that is totally focused on communication and openness. A place where people enjoy hanging out, chatting, and working on projects together.”
Finance minister Dr Thomas Schäfer then welcomed guests on behalf of the federal state of Hesse, congratulating Frankfurt School on the new campus: “The new building has an incredible amount to offer. But above all, it finally provides teaching staff and students with more space. As you stroll along the corridors and galleries, you breathe the intoxicating atmosphere of Frankfurt – a truly international city. This building is interactive, immediately giving you the strong impression that you’re in a creative workshop. What has been created here is very impressive; the property was previously occupied by the Regional Tax Office (OFD) and the old Präsidialbau building reminds us of this legacy.” Professor Louis Becker, head of Henning Larsen, the architectural practice that designed the new campus, was pleased to see “how the central ‘Zeil of Knowledge’ has evolved into a spectacular open space where people can meet and interact with each other, developing a true sense of community.”
The keynote speaker for the evening, French political scientist and commentator Professor Dr Alfred Grosser, talked about the responsibility of elite members of society. “Elites in Europe have a special responsibility –so please, engage with Europe, the cornerstone of our prosperity,” he appealed to students and guests alike.
Rainer Neske, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, shared his conviction that the new campus represents a milestone for the business school: “The new campus is a shining example of successful collaboration between multiple stakeholders in society. It is the right place to fulfil our vision of becoming one of the best business schools in Europe.”
The big campus party that followed the speeches gave everyone attending the event an opportunity to explore Frankfurt School’s new campus, and to take a look at the brightly lit Frankfurt skyline from the roof terrace on the eighth floor.
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.