3Süd - Mark Twain Village South

Architecture, Residential Buildings, Competitions,
  • Planning time: 2021 - 2022
  • Gross Floor Area: 33,000 m2
  • Building contractor: MTV Bauen & Wohnen GmbH & Co. KG, Heidelberg

Residential district with trade, gastronomy and day-care centre for children

Mark Twain Village is located in Heidelberg’s “Südstadt“ and is to be constructed according to a detailed zoning plan with concrete design requirements. The three constructions fields form the southern entrance to Mark Twain Village, that is visually accentuated by a raised, greened head-end structure. The central district square is adjoined in the north. There are public facilities in the bordering buildings such as trade and gastronomy, a contributing factor to livening up the square. In the three new construction fields 278 apartments are to be built and space for a daycare centre for children as well as commercial areas is to be created.

In the three blocks planquadrat envisages a great variety of housing types, in order to offer a home for the most diverse ways of life. As an open block perimeter development, a mixture of apartment buildings and small-scale town houses enclose the lively, semi-public courtyards. These serve as a meeting place for the entire district, whilst the private spaces depict private roof gardens. Green joints divide the structures and enable a harmonious transition between the six-storey apartment buildings and the lower town houses. At the same time they offer a sustainable added value as summer heat insulation, infiltration area, green space and sound insulation.

The underground car parks are equipped with additional bike ramps, e-bike charging facilities and many bicycle stands, making them particularly bicycle friendly and leaving the inner courtyards free. Thus the green courtyards are free to appear as earthbound retention areas. The new buildings have extensively greened roof surfaces and have been planned as wooden or as solid constructions with climate-neutral insulating bricks.


Project Management: Holger Grobe
Project Leader: Hannah Geskes
Team: Sandra Frischholz, Alina Wichlei