KCAP has unveiled the designs for the Patrick-Henry-Village (PHV) in Heidelberg, Germany. PHV is the largest conversion area in Heidelberg, set to become a model for the 'knowledge city of tomorrow.'
Initiated by the International Architecture Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg, thematic scenarios for the development and future use of the area have been designed by a group renown urban planning offices in a collaborative process. KCAP has integrated those scenarios as well as feedback from experts, the municipality and citizens in an urban development vision which forms base for the future transformation of PHV.
Potential for Future Development
Patrick-Henry Village is one of many former US military sites in Germany. The 100 ha site will offer space for more than 10.000 inhabitants. The proposed plan allows for a flexible and phased development that can respond to unforeseen and changing conditions.
With respect for the historical urban design, buildings and infrastructures, an urban inside-out principle has been developed in which the existing street pattern with villas and rows of buildings in the green will remain to form a 'garden city' area. Outside of the existing parkway, micro-quarters with a densified mixed-use building program will as innovative combination of living, working and urban production be the driving force of the development. Educational buildings as polyvalent neighborhood structures add community building potential to the micro-quarters.