Today, the existing campus of the Bundesbank headquarters in Frankfurt is located in an extensive park and green area. It is to be complemented by a compact new development consisting of 3 slim high-rise and several low-rise buildings.

Project Name: Green Campus
Studio Name: Reichel Schlaier Architekten

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The design follows the approach of the urban planning concept of Ferdinand Heide Architekten to accommodate the extensive space program in a compact ensemble of buildings in order to allow the largest possible green space on the campus. The entire base of the buildings is to be involved into this green space, and planted with lush climbing façade plantings along the lower floors, which also works as shading. The roofs of the low-rise buildings are also planted. The extensive façade and roof greening, together with the park-like planting of the new main axis (park band) as a central plaza space, creates an excellent microclimate on campus, filtering and cooling the air and contributing to a pleasant working environment.

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Above this green space, the 3 white new high-rise buildings stand out as a new landmark on the campus, together with the striking existing building, shaping the new image of the Bundesbank. The facade, which wraps around the buildings like a light curtain, creates an optimized natural shading through its slight wave form. In addition, opening elements are incorporated to allow employees to ventilate the offices naturally.

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In order to achieve the greatest possible reduction in the carbon footprint, the design, including the high-rise buildings, is to be realized as a timber hybrid building. An economical yet resource-saving structural system of laminated beechwood columns and composite wood-concrete floors supplemented by the solid cores of the security stairwells is to be implemented.

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With this approach, the Bundesbank lives up to its claim of a sustainable, climate-neutral and future-oriented new campus building and creates a role model for an imperative sustainable construction method.


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