In the future, the Patrick-Henry-Village could provide living and working spaces for 10,000 to 15,000 people. It has the potential to take root as an independent quarter in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region. In order to reinforce the new urban district’s identity, KCAP sets the focus of their development vision on the digital future, new synergies between business and science, multi-mobility, innovative educational spaces, as well as an advanced living and working environment, including new supply systems.

With regard to the inner area of the Patrick-Henry-Village, one key objective of the development vision is to treat the existing urban context with due respect: the characteristic American layout of the area is to be preserved in its broad outline. However, depending on their occupancy, many buildings are considered to be technically challenging for reuse. These will be redeveloped or replaced. As a witness of the place’s historical structure the village centre will feature a particularly green area. In contrast, the village’s fringes comprise a dense, mixed-use development, which frames the area in the centre and protects it against immissions. Inside the quarter, the existing road network with its mansions and terraced houses forms a central green space. This “new garden city” is complemented by the existing parkland around the former officers’ mansions. These mansions including their garages are to be transformed into a “start-up village”.

KCAP divides the area into Micro-Quarters with a dense, mixed-use development of living and working spaces, as well as urban manufacturing sites to the east, south, and extended west of the PHV. A knowledge centre at the heart of each Micro-Quarter provides educational and culture services to the public. To the east, bordering the motorway, are larger building structures. Dividing the PHV into Micro-Quarters facilitates a gradual and flexible development of the complete territory.

KCAP considers the PHV to be a “city lab” for an innovative planning culture, and encourages a multi-tiered development process: On the one hand, a continuously developing team of experts, investors, and stakeholders is to support and push the planning and implementation of the project. And on the other hand, events and activities are to enhance the PHV‘s appeal, in order to boost awareness amongst citizens in Heidelberg and the region. These first activities may be vital to reinforce the PHV’s innovative identity from the very beginning.

Key data

  • Location

    Patrick-Henry-Village Heidelberg

  • Your contact at the IBA

    Moritz Bellers
    Project organizer
    IBA Heidelberg GmbH