Sustainable Mixed-Use Estate

Transformation of the former military site 'Patrick Henry Village' into 'Knowledge City’

On the 100 ha Patrick-Henry-Village (PHV), Heidelberg's largest transformation area, the municipality, together with the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg and partners, is developing a model for the knowledge city of tomorrow. Around 10.000 people are to live here in an environment characterised by sustainability, multi-mobility and digitalisation, around 5.000 are to work here in the future.

With almost 100 ha, the former American housing estate Patrick-Henry-Village is nearly as large as Heidelberg’s famous historical city centre and larger than other local redevelopment areas. Int...

  • City of Heidelberg, IBA Heidelberg
  • 2016 - Ongoing
  • Ongoing
  • 100 ha Mixed-use urban quarter with living, working, education, economy, science and commercial facilities for 10.000 inhabitants and 6.000 working spaces
  • Urban Design
  • Consultancy
  • Coordination and content support: Internationale Bauausstellung Heidelberg GmbH
  • Urban typologies and architecture: Bogevischs Buero
  • Programmatic profiling and mix of uses: INITIALDESIGN (with Arup)
  • Open spaces and productive urban landscapes: Studio Dreiseitl (with Fraunhofer ISE)
  • Multi-mobility: Urban Standards (with Buro Happold Engineering)
  • Digital City: AIT
  • PHVision: MVRDV, Carlo Ratti Associati, ASTOC Architects and Planners and Ramboll Liveable Cities (Herbert Dreiseitl and Katrin Bohn)
  • This new resilient district is to be vital, heterogeneous and green, divided into quarters, which in turn are structured into neighborhoods in order to strengthen social structures through planning. The result are five types of neighborhoods with different identities, often mixing new and existing buildings of the US-American housing estate, all with a special focus on the quality of life of those to live and work here.

    PHVision provides modern living and working environments, innovative open spaces and mobility concepts and a climate-neutral energy supply. The neighborhoods are to offer most diverse forms of living and working in a pedestrian-friendly and parking-free environment. So-called innovation anchors at strategic locations function as technical and social development boosters. The former ring road will be used as a ‘parkway’: as traffic area and park at the same time, while a small lake will serve local water management and improve the climate.

    In addition to the design of innovative building typologies, open space solutions and technical infrastructures, the Dynamic Masterplan deals with implementation strategies, operator models and governance processes. Aim was to design a toolbox of instruments for the development of a future-oriented urban district.
    Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, Partner at KCAP
  • The intelligent and socially responsible use of digital technologies is important for this ‘knowledge city of the future’, which is located in one of the technologically most advanced areas of Germany. To this end, the consequences of digitalisation on the urban planning was examined and transferred into a framework for the 'digital city'.

  • With PHVision, KCAP sets a new benchmark for contemporary urban planning, which together with the citizens searches for future-proof and sustainable solutions. ‘Urban planning in the 21st century must be more diverse as well as ecologically and socially sustainable than before. With PHVision, we want to show a way to achieve this,’ says Prof. Michael Braum, Managing Director of IBA Heidelberg, who is coordinating the planning process.

    On June 18th, 2020, the Heidelberg City Council approved the further development of the Dynamic Masterplan PHVision. This gives the start sign for the creation of the knowledge city of the future on the site of the Patrick-Henry-Village in Heidelberg.