Foto: Adjaye Associates

On behalf of Forum Kulturcampus Frankfurt e. V., the British architect David Adjaye (creator of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, among other sites) has developed an architectural plan for the Kulturcampus. 

On March 16, 2012, he presented his plan in Frankfurt at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University’s Institute of Social Research. Afterwards, a panel of artists and academics discussed the project in terms of its activities and goals, as well as its expected contributions in the area of urban development. Panel members included William Forsythe, choreographer; Roland Diry , musician and executive director of the Ensemble Modern; Prof. Axel Honneth, social philosopher; and Prof. Nikolaus Hirsch, rector of the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunst – Städelschule.


Frankfurt’s Kulturcampus (Cultural Campus) is being built on the city’s former university grounds, located between the Bockenheim and Westend neighborhoods. The 16.5-hectare site is envisioned as a versatile, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art cultural district that will include production venues and educational facilities for musicians, actors and dancers, as well as up to 1,500 new housing units. ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING acquired the site from the State of Hesse last summer in order to prevent it from being divided into smaller tracts and to make it possible to develop the new campus as a whole.

Together with eight other internationally renowned cultural, educational and research organizations, The Forsythe Company is planning to create Forum Kulturcampus, a new center for contemporary arts and sciences, located on the site.

Foto: Adjaye Associates
Foto: Adjaye Associates

With their different disciplines, approaches and subject matter, the nine partners developing the new center want to experiment and research together, engaging in joint productions, presentations and outreach activities that set new standards in the arts, sciences and education. This unique cooperative venture is also meant to promote a critical understanding of social change and spur public discourse on a regional and international level, thus allowing Frankfurt to provide new impetus on contemporary issues.  

The partners of the Forum Kulturcampus are: Frankfurt LAB, Ensemble Modern, The Forsythe Company, Hessische Theaterakademie, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, the Hindemith Foundation, the Institute of Social Research at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Senckenberg – world of biodiversity.

A city of Frankfurt project

Foto: Adjaye Associates
Foto: Adjaye Associates