In pictures | AI innovation park planned in Germany

AI innovation park
Images courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch architect MVRDV has won a competition to design the Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence (Ipai) campus in Heilbronn, south-west Germany.

It will have a business space, laboratories, a start-up innovation centre, housing, food areas and a kindergarten.

Buildings will be arranged in a circle with a 1.2km circumference path linking to a running track, skate park and viewing points.

The innovation park campus will support firms developing AI technologies.

AI innovation park

A central communications tower will contain space for events, exhibitions, conferences, visitors, and training.

Most buildings will be 27m tall and built from bio-material.

A historic Roman path will link the campus from the north to south. An east and west sport and health corridor will cross the project longitudinally.

Much of the natural environment around the development will be left intact, including local forests, orchards and meadows.

AI innovation park

The campus was designed for the non-profit organisation Dieter Schwarz Foundation and the municipality of Heilbronn. It will use 80% less energy than another project of its size. It will use energy from wind turbines and solar panels stored using batteries and ground-based heat and cold storage.

Jacob van Rijs, MVRDV founding partner, said: “The striking form of the campus can help to propel it to an international stage, attracting world-class talent.

“The welcoming and engaging atmosphere, even the recognisable appearance, make this place a destination where people can engage in the future of this technology."

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