Counting on red
Tradition is a defining value for the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management: Founded as a banking academy in 1957, today it is considered one of the leading institutes of learning for banking, finance and management in Germany. To meet its growing needs for additional space, the campus relocated to Adickesallee in Frankfurt’s Nordend district, to a site that formerly accommodated the administrative building of Oberfinanzdirektion Frankfurt, the main regional financial government body. In designing the new building, the Danish firm of architects Henning Larsen took the site’s history into account. The architects were also keen to provide ideal study conditions in the rooms through as much light as possible. And indeed, the completed building is both bright and inviting.
This use of daylight was also key in the design of the facade: “Solids” tiles by Mosa measuring 90 x 90 cm in three shades of red lend the ceramic facade a dynamic appearance. This custom design was inspired by the various hues of red in the clinker cladding of the Oberfinanzdirektion Frankfurt that previously stood here. For the production of the tiles in “Frankfurt School Red” Mosa employed proprietary processes that have been awarded Cradle to Cradle certification in silver. Consequently, the facade not only looks distinctive but has also been sustainably produced, is weather-resistant, UV-resistant and easy to clean. Concealed mounting was used for the back-ventilated curtain facade, which covers a total of 8,200 square meters. (am)