Project Partner

City of Heidelberg

Contact Person

Carla Jung-König


Project development of Patrick-Henry-Village

For the former Patrick Henry Village (PHV), IBA Heidelberg is providing an ambitious response to the urban development of the knowledge-based society.

»The city of tomorrow will prove itself through the quality of urban development. PHVision offers a robust framework and will be able to react flexibly to changing user interests. There is room for mixing all areas of life and working environments. Synergistic effects between science, business and housing are a convincing leitmotif.«

IBA advisory board

PHVision is intended to create an exemplary urban design to demonstrate that the »knowledge city of tomorrow« will be fit to provide the resources of life for years to come. 

With an area of almost 100 hectares, the conversion area of the Patrick Henry Village is almost as large as Heidelberg's old town. The remoteness of the PHV requires intelligently developed concepts that link the area with the region and combine living and working in a new manner. In a one-year process designed by the IBA, internationally operating urban planners designed four scenarios on the IBA themes in exchange with local experts and citizens: Sciences and business, networks and infrastructure, knowledge spaces and housing, as well as urban metabolism and landscape. KCAP Architects & Planners (NL/CH) have built upon the scenarios of the Offices MVRDV (NL), Carlo Ratti Associati (IT/US), ASTOC (DE), Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab (DE/US) and the University of Brighton (UK) to conceptualize the »PHVision« concept. 

The result now forms the basis for in-depth studies, unconventional design approaches and regulatory innovations. Based on existing structures, a new quarter will be developed to accommodate multiple and hybrid spaces to live and work, fit for the 21st century.


May 2016

First public hearing

June 2016

Kick-Off Design- Thinking series

September 2016

Second public hearing

December 2016

Third public hearing

March 2017

Fourth public hearing

October 2017

CANDIDATE Status, PHVision as Augmented Reality

December 2017

PHVision becomes official planning guide

July 2018

Metropolink-Festival in the officer's villas

September 2018

Kick-off Project group PHV

April 2019

Kick-off Deepening studies for the PHVision