Location: Conversion areas in Südstadt
Client: City of Heidelberg, Landscape Office
Architecture: Studio Vulkan, Zurich (First Prize in design competition)

»An experimental process has led to an ambitious competi- tion result. The innovative, open space approach will have to prove itself in balancing the demands of designers and owners as the project becomes reality.«
IBA advisory board

A former barracks area has been »opened up«. The listed buildings will be handed over to new owners and will then be used in different ways. The transformation will essentially be achieved through the ambitious design of the green spaces and open areas, which are to be used in an unconventional way. After completion, the open spaces will connect various cultural locations: the chapel (a community center); the center for building culture; the Mark Twain Center (a center for research on transatlantic relations); the private University of Applied Sciences; and the Karlstorbahnhof (a cultural institution renowned far beyond the region) will find its new location in Südstadt. The OTHER PARK will be characterized by very different atmospheres: from pocket park to sports and event areas to the garden of the Mark Twain Center. The entire area, with its historical layers, is to be understood both as an archive of the past and as a platform of knowledge for the future. The planning procedure was particularly convincing: Experts, residents and citizens were involved in developing the brief for the competition. They will also accompany the successive implementation stages of the project.

A great success has already been achieved. Because of its pilot character, »THE OTHER PARK« has received €5.9 million from the »Federal Projects of Urban Design« fund of the German government. In January 2018, the contribution of Studio Vulkan from Zurich won the first prize. Once the contracts have been awarded, the open space will be built, the completion date being the end of 2020.

July 8, 2017 | Guided walk through the »OTHER PARK«

At the 34th Südstadtfest IBAHeidelberg organised a dialogue-based tour to present this German urban design project. More than 100 eager participants joined, in spite of the heat. Together with their guests, IBA’s guides walked to the knowledge places in the park and met up with representatives of the Mark Twain Center for Transatlantic Relations, of Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, the police, praxisHochschule, and of the creative industry. Already in the park, animated graphics of the open space design competition were on display. From time to time, the artists’ collective Tutu Toulouse surprised the audience with literary and musical performances. The tour ended at the former US-Chapel, where the participants had the chance to see the exhibition of the winning designs of the competition »THE OTHER PARK« in detail.

July 6, 2017 | Seven practices were elected to continue their work on the »OTHER PARK« for Heidelberg’s Südstadt

In the coming years, the former military base will develop an entirely new character – thanks to its precious green and open spaces, and several knowledge places that run along it. This is the basic idea behind the concept for this area of the former Campbell Barracks along Römerstrasse in Südstadt. For this new type of open space the City of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) organized a two-stage design competition. The first stage has now been completed: On 4th July, the jury selected seven designs for the second stage of the design competition out of 21 participating practices from all over Europe. See press release of the City of Heidelberg

May 12, 2017 | THE OTHER PARK receives official award

Special award for a major conversion project: The project “IBA_GREEN STRIP OF KNOWLEDGE“ on the area of the Campbell Barracks in Südstadt was initiated by the city of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA). It has been recognized as a premium project of the government programme “national urban planning projects”. Florian Pronold, parliamentary undersecretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety presented the award during his visit on 9th May 2017. The government funds the project with €5.9 million. The “Green Strip of Knowledge” is thus the individual project receiving the largest amount of funding in this round. See press release of the City of Heidelberg

March 20, 2017 | Competition call for entries for THE OTHER PARK

The city of Heidelberg and IBA Heidelberg jointly hold stage 1 of a restricted design competition in the category urban design and open space planning, followed by multiple commissioning in stage 2. The organizers provide €147,000 for the entire competition procedure to cover prizes and fees. On top of the 10 teams already selected by the jury, another 20 teams can apply for the participation in stage 1. The deadline for competition entries is April 6, 2017 at 11 am. On April 10, the participating teams will be announced and the competition documents will be made available. The competition starts with a colloquium addressing questions and a visit to the site of the former barracks on April 28, 2017. Entries for the 1. stage have to be submitted by June 19, 2017.
The practice metris architekten+stadtplaner is in charge of the competition management. Fur further information please contact Thorsten Erl, +49.6221.6593241, erl@metris-architekten.de.
Please click here for official documents on the design competition.

July 19, 2016 | Government funds the conversion project with €5.9 million

The federal government promotes investment measures and conceptual projects of trans-regional significance and high professional quality again in 2016. This year, one special focus is on the conversion of military areas. In close cooperation with experts of NH ProjektStadt the responsible bodies of the city and representatives of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg “Wissen | schafft | Stadt” applied for this program and achieved to be accepted in the funding programme “Nationale Projekte des Städtebaus 2016” (German urban design projects in 2016): The federal government supports the project »THE OTHER PARK« on the conversion area of the Campbell Barracks in Südstadt with €5.9 million.

January 18, 2016 | Intensive participation in the project THE OTHER PARK

The city of Heidelberg and IBA break new ground for the brief of the open space design competition THE OTHER PARK: An expert body composed of internationally renowned landscape architects, urban designers, artists, and educators has elaborated on the choice of criteria from a professional perspective for the design of a combining knowledge space of the future. At the same time, an action group formed of locals, citizens’ representatives, and prospective users, this is to say the future (knowledge) stakeholders of the Campbell Barracks, has compiled the most important objectives and requirements on THE OTHER PARK from their point of view. The shared results will be presented to the public on February 7, 2017 in a civil forum, followed by a discussion. Subsequently, the international open space design competition will be tendered.

  • Key Data

    October 2016
    CANDIDATE Status

    November 2016
    Start of the Expert group federal funding NSP

    December 2016
    Start of the working group

    July 2017
    Competition Decision First stage
    + IBA@WORK

    September 2017
    Output Workshop

    January 2018
    Competition Decision Second stage