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Sport Academy competition

In giving the entire zone a contemporary and commercially viable use, one section was offered to the German Football Association (DFB), which was seeking a suitable location for its new Football Academy in Frankfurt.

The City of Frankfurt believes that establishing a Sports Academy will impact favorably on urban development, as this way the racetrack grounds can be put to the best economic use. During the first expansion phase, the DFB will dedicate approx. 15 hectares of the land to the academy; the zone covers 40 hectares in total. In the final expansion phase the DFB will have approx. 20 hectares overall at its disposal.

A non-public two-phase competition was organized in consu
ltation with the City of Frankfurt and the DFB. The first competition phase opened in November 2014, with 30 architecture firms invited to take part. In February 2015, ten draft proposals were selected for the second stage of the competition; of the revised versions of entries to the first stage, in June that submitted by the Aachen-based firm “kadawittfeldarchitektur” emerged as the winning entry for the construction of the Sports Academy. The firm’s revised submission for the DFB Academy now forms the basis for the development plan proposal. One key specification in the competition was that plans would emulate the existing urban layout, which necessitated grouping developments in the west and south of the site along Schwarzwaldstrasse and Rennbahnstrasse. In the east and north. the Sports Academy’s outdoor facilities and training pitches will form a large expanse of greenery. Together with the protective forest in the east and the public park in the north, this section can in future be experienced as a continuous stretch of countryside extending as far as Frankfurt’s municipal forest.

1st prize: kadawittfeldarchitektur GmbH, Aachen, © kadawittfeldarchitektur

  • 1st prize:
    kadawittfeldarchitektur GmbH, Aachen with its design of a large ensemble of buildings and sports fields extending along one continuous central axis, namely the “sports boulevard”.
  • 2nd prize
    MGF Architekten GmbH, Mahler Günster Fuchs, Stuttgart with its proposal for an elongated building complex with a two-storey podium and individual buildings jutting out from it.
  • 3rd prize
    Schulz & Schulz Architekten GmbH, Leipzig with its design for a large four-storey structure with a continuous height of 12 meters.