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KulturCampus Frankfurt

Restructuring the Campus Bockenheim site

Urban development plan, University, Residential space, Commercial site

Representation in the project map (German)

Reason for planning
The existing university campus has been abandoned following the Goethe University’s relocation to its Westend and Riedberg campuses, where the majority of teaching activities now takes place.
The “Senckenberganlage/Bockenheimer Warte” development plan no. 569 was formulated with the intention of providing a legal basis for the orderly urban development of the freed up real estate, which is immensely important for the district and the city. Not only does the new real estate enable reorganization of Frankfurt’s University of Music and Performing Arts, other cultural facilities and the Senckenberg Museum, but has high potential for residential and commercial usages, too.

The site in question includes the erstwhile Bockenheim university campus along with the properties of Senckenbergische Gesellschaft. In close proximity to downtown, it is located in the Bockenheim and Westend districts, west of the city’s greenbelt (Senckenberganlage and Zeppelinallee). It is bounded by Sophienstrasse in the north and by Georg Voigt Strasse and the city’s trade fair complex in the south.
The total area covers four blocks and comprises approx. 16.7 hectares.

Planning objectives
The development plan was drawn up as the legal basis for the development of the KulturCampus Frankfurt that will be embedded in a new and vibrant urban quarter. The intention: to create a mixed use structure of existing and new cultural facilities, residential and commercial buildings, retail, hospitality, infrastructures high-quality public spaces, with the new structures emulating the existing building fabric and the style of the neighboring quarters.

The idea behind KulturCampus Frankfurt is to spark synergies between the resident cultural institutions (Senckenbergische Gesellschaft and the various municipal theaters) and the newly planned facilities of the University of Music and Performing Arts as well as possible new cultural facilities.

Project progress
The cultural agreement concluded between the State of Hessen and the City in March 1999 laid the foundations for the relocation of Frankfurt’s Goethe University. In specifying the nature and density of the future buildings, the cultural plan doubled up as a masterplan for the urban development  on the former university campus in Bockenheim.
In 2003 the State of Hessen and the City of Frankfurt jointly hosted an international urban development competition.
The architects of the winning entry, K9 Architekten, Borgards - Lösch - Piribauer, Freiburg, were commissioned with detailed elaboration of a masterplan, which was presented to the public and the municipal committees in 2004.

In spring 2010 two feedback events for the citizens were held and the development plan further refined as a result. Soon after, in summer 2010, the decision to relocate the University of Music and Performing Arts to the Bockenheim site sparked the concept for KulturCampus Frankfurt. Another important step was the acquisition of large sections of the new quarter by AGB Frankfurt Holding in summer 2011.

The site’s development into a vibrant and culturally active mixed-usage district was advanced with the inclusion of local citizens in a series of workshops from November 2011 through March 2012, which saw excellent commitment and participation. The workshops produced a joint consensus plan that was subsequently assessed by experts and transformed into a structural plan in fall 2012. Ont his basis, a proposed development plan was drawn up and in spring 2014 went on public display. After considering all the comments submitted on it and following conclusion of a supplementary urban design contract the latter was forwarded to the political decision-making body in winter 2015-6 for a resolution to be taken.

Project management

Ms. Christina Stiel

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 49529
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30731