Fritz9 Becomes aer As Hines Presents Carbon Neutral Concept for Munich Office Property

(MUNICH) - Hines, the international real estate firm, today announced the rebranding and innovative concept for the revitalization and sustainable redesign of our office buildings on Fritz-Schäffer-Street 9 in Munich. Fritz9 will be renamed "aer"—with the overarching goal to create a sustainable and innovative working and living environment. Constructed by Lauber & Wöhr in 1996, the buildings in Munich-Neuperlach were acquired on behalf of the Hines European Value Fund 2 (HEVF2) in February 2020.

Previously occupied by Allianz, the office space of more than 87,000 square meters was vacated at the end of 2020. The plan is to reshape the property in two phases. First, the existing building in the western part of the site will be completely renovated and redesigned. A multi-tenant office building with a sustainable energy concept is intended with the goal of achieving complete carbon neutrality as well as a DGNB rating. Particular focus will be paid to a wood-hybrid construction method, which is expected to have a positive impact on the energy footprint of the building and the wellbeing of the people. Highlights will include flexible office space with ceiling heights of up to seven meters and newly created galleries on the top floor. Commonly usable modern conference and co-working spaces will also be standard, as will e-fuel service stations, green and walkable rooftop spaces and gardens, sports facilities and a day bar. In addition, an in-house day care center is planned. The entire property will meet highest requirements for a digital infrastructure through an app-based system, and Hines is aiming for Platinum WiredScore certification. Operational launch and completion and of the first construction phase is scheduled for the end of 2022.

In the long term, in combination with the plans for the existing building to the east, a campus will be developed on the property with attractive outdoor areas that are accessible to everyone. On this second plot of land, reorganization is planned, including the creation of residential space. Hines is working in close cooperation with authorities, government agencies and citizens on an interim use concept with an extensive range of art, culture and entertainment offering, intended to create a gathering place for generations. Office space is also to be made available on an interim basis.

Christian Meister, managing director at Hines, says, “We are aware of the importance of our project for Neuperlach and have set ourselves the goal of developing a campus with “aer” that has real benefit for people and will be deeply rooted in the urban structure. We are creating a flagship project—not only technologically, but also in terms of sustainability, connectivity and design. Our vision is to make the Neuperlach district a pioneer of the city of tomorrow. Through active participation and the creation of a new place for socializing, citizens will also be involved.”

Alexander Moell, senior managing director at Hines, adds: “With “aer”, we are well on the way to setting new standards in the revitalization of existing buildings. This applies not only to the respectful handling and nuanced use of changes to the existing architecture, but also to making the green idea tangible. The vision of a building in which there are no visible boundaries is unparalleled in the office real estate market in Munich. Due to a change in young people's attitude toward the careful use of natural resources and the world of work, office properties are undergoing a transformation to be attractive to young talents and future generations and to last in the long term. ‘”aer” takes this to heart and offers the ideal opportunity for tenants to do something good for the environment and their employees.”

"aer" is connected to public transport through the neighboring subway stop Neuperlach. The Munich district benefits from an established infrastructure, excellent connections to the city center, local and long-distance transport and airport, as well as the surrounding area and large green spaces. This greenery is also to be reflected in the building and office spaces, creating a symbiosis of communication and creativity.

Hines is supported by the architectural firms OLIV Arnold/Werner, O3 Arch. and Studio Vulkan.

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About Hines

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 225 cities in 25 countries. Hines has approximately $144.1 billion1 of assets under management, including $75.5 billion for which Hines serves as an investment manager, including non-real estate assets, and $68.6 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 165 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,426 properties, totalling 472 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 576 properties, representing over 246 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organisations in the world. ¹AUM includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM.

Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include offices in 16 cities as well as a presence in 55 cities in 13 countries, with €22.7 billion of assets under management, including €19.8 billion for which Hines serves as an investment manager and €2.9 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services, in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Since the opening of its site in Germany in 1991, Hines has acquired or developed a total of 59 properties with an overall surface area of over 2.4 million m² for Hines or on behalf of external clients, including properties such as the Main Tower, 160 Park View and the Silberturm in Frankfurt, Zoom and Quartier Südkreuz in Berlin, Hofstatt, Uptown München, Tucherpark and OSKAR in Munich, the Überseequartier Nord district in Hamburg, the Benrather Karree and Kö-Quartier in Düsseldorf, and the Postquartier and Kronprinzbau 1+2 in Stuttgart. Hines currently manages property in Germany with an overall value of around €7.2 billion as an asset and development manager.

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