The new DFB

Eat, Sleep, Play, Repeat -
All under one roof

Typology sport facilities, education, administration Location Frankfurt a. M. Constructed Volume GFA 57.000 m², GIV 380.000 m³ Client Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (DFB)  Cooperation Greenbox Landschaftsarchitekten General Contractor Groß & Partner Realisation 2019 – 2021 Competition 2015 – 1st prize


#The new DFB and its academy with the head office, a college, high-performance, conference and training facilities

The sports fields and buildings are not separated but arranged along a main axis, which is designed as a communicative link within the Academy.

The football fields, sports facilities and new builds for the DFB with its academy are located on the former racecourse embedded in Frankfurt’s city forest. It is within this green surround, which functions as a natural boundary to the areas beyond, that the mixture of structural components, sports fields, densely wooded areas as well as small clearings and squares form a shared campus. The required space, including administrative areas, a media centre, conference rooms, athlete residences, a college and state-of-the-art sports facilities, is arranged in several blocks around individual sports fields and exterior zones below a single large roof structure. The north-south-oriented, covered sports boulevard connects all areas and provides a clear layout. It has been designed as a communicative link to not only encourage informal meetings and invite passers-by to linger and watch the activities outdoors, but also to bring together the two independent institutions, administration and academy.

Draft kadawittfeldarchitektur

Once upon a time…

Competition press conference | Photo Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts/Getty Images

In 2015, the jury selected our design from 213 proposals on the grounds of “sport being omnipresent in the building.”

September 26th, 2019
New DFB in Frankfurt

On 26 September, the foundation stone for the Academy of the German Football Association (DFB) was laid in Frankfurt am Main in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the DFB Executive Committee and other guests of honour.
The main idea behind kadawittfeldarchitektur’s design, which won the 2015 competition, is the close linking of buildings, sports and open spaces. Completion of the project, estimated at 150 million euros, is scheduled for the end of 2021.

Main Entrance

A varied spatial structure is created under a common roof. Its differentiated programme is organised like a small town.

1 Press office
2 Administration
3 Main entrance
4 Conference / fan shop / dining
5 Academy
6 ‘Marketplace’
7 Fitness / seminar
8 Football hall
9 Athlete house
10 Sports hall

Model studies in the design phase show the interplay of landscape and building.
Model design phase 2015
The new DFB & its Academy published 8 December 2017 - 18.42 by the DFB-Akademie
Rendering 'Marketplace'
Rendering Fan shop | Please, click here to see the 3D image.
August 22nd, 2018
As things are now - Der neue DFB und seine Akademie

Horse racing, turf tracks and grandstands are a thing of the past since the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team is currently looking into 148 suspected cases of unexploded ammunition and bombs on the site. Meanwhile, the authority is brooding over the planning application. See the Frankfurter Rundschau for further reading.

posted by
Nikola Müller-Langguth
Rendering Main Entrance
November 14th, 2019

Happy to see that our project DFB Akademie is growing and thriving!

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