HIH to build new Berlin HQ for Zalando

German developer HIH Projektentwicklung (HPE) announced on Thursday that it will kick off the construction next month of Zalando’s Berlin headquarters.

The building, BHQ Z, will complement the existing two headquarter buildings X and O of the Zalando Campus in Berlin as its third part. HPE will take over the project, which is funded by Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest), as its overall lead consultant.

Located at the Media Spree riverside development site, BHQ Z will encompass 12,900 m2 of gross lettable space and 28 car parking spots including EV charging stations and 108 bicycle parking spaces. The new-build office scheme is earmarked for an individual fund managed by Warburg-HIH Invest. Upon its completion, which is scheduled for the second half-year of 2022, the property will be occupied by Zalando on a long-term lease.

’We are pleased to get to build a modern state-of-the-art and sustainable office property for Zalando that meets the requirements of a dynamic enterprise. In addition to the new Gruner + Jahr headquarters in Hamburg, this project in Berlin is yet another example for our expertise in the development of large-scale office projects for corporates,’ said Jens Nietner, managing director at HIH Real Estate.

HIH Projektentwicklung will target a DGNB Gold sustainability certificate.

Raimund Paetzmann, VP Corporate Real Estate at Zalando, commented: ‘We want the BHQ Z and its minimalist design to mirror the open-minded and creative character of our home town Berlin. Our new campus in Berlin has a base area of 100,000 m2, offering plenty of space for projects, creativity and flexible working. The ground floor of the BHQ Z will be publicly accessible. It lends itself to anything from exhibition space to show room units and pop-up retail areas, and would also accommodate a café. Today’s offices need to provide multifunctional dwelling and work areas. With enough space for teams and meeting rooms that let employees work exactly the way that is best for them.’

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