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4/17/2019 Swiss Life Asset Managers and Bayerische Versorgungskammer purchase landmark property ZOOM at the Berlin Station Zoo

  • Seller is Hines
  • The landmark building in Berlin City-West was completed in 2018
  • CORPUS SIREO led the acquisition and has taken over the asset Management

Swiss Life Asset Managers and the Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) have acquired the retail trade and office building ZOOM in Berlin in cooperation with CORPUS SIREO. The landmark property ZOOM is situated dirrectly at Berlins station Zoo (Bahnhof Zoo), in the direct vicinity of Kurfürstendamm and opposite the Hotel Waldorf Astoria. The object that was completed in 2018 is currently one of the best-known project developments in the Berlin City-West. Confidentiality has been agreed with respect to the purchase price.

ZOOM has approximately 16,500 square meters of rental space. This is spread over five upper floors, the ground floor and two basement floors including an underground garage. The utilization mix is composed of retail, office and gastronomy areas. The main tenant is the fashion chain Primark. Engel & Völkers Commercial, Kialo and Hines have rented the office floors.

Roy Brümmer, Head of Investment & Transaction, CORPUS SIREO, says: “City-West is experiencing stable upturn. Investing here is a sustainably good decision. We are glad to be able to purchase such a prominent building in an absolute top location in Berlin City-West for Swiss Life Asset Managers and the BVK.”

Christoph Geirhos, Head of Property Purchase and Sales at BVK: “As a long-term oriented investor the object is convincing next to the attractive location due to the excellent quality as well as flexibility. We are glad to be able to purchase a further top property together with Swiss Life Asset Managers.”

Joachim Wintzer, Managing Director of Hines Immobilien, adds: „With ZOOM we have developed a property that harmonizes perfectly with the up-and-coming City-West. It is particularly gratifying that a diverse mix of tenants is enthusiastic about the property – from tech startups through innovative gastronomy outlets to established real estate agents. This is exactly the kind of heterogeneous tenant structure that represents all facets of a diversified quarter. We are particularly delighted that with Bayerische Versorgungskammer and Swiss Life Asset Managers we have found a renowned prestigious consortium of buyers for continuing the future of the project.”


Communications, Swiss Life Asset Managers
Telephone: +41 43 284 41 89

Marketing & PR, CORPUS SIREO
Telephone: +49 221 39900-342

About Swiss Life Asset Managers

Swiss Life Asset Managers has more than 160 years of experience in managing the assets of the Swiss Life Group. This insurance background has exerted a key influence on the investment philosophy of Swiss Life Asset Managers, which is governed by such principles as value preservation, the generation of consistent and
sustainable performance and a responsible approach to risks. That’s how we lay the groundwork for our clients to make solid, long-term plans – in self-determination and with financial confidence. Swiss Life Asset Managers offers this proven approach to third-party clients in Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg
and the UK.
As at 31 December 2018 assets under management for third-party clients amount to EUR 63.3 billion. Together with insurance assets for the Swiss Life Group, total assets under management at Swiss Life Asset Managers stood at EUR 206.7 billion.
Swiss Life Asset Managers is the leading real estate manager in Europe1. Of the assets totaling EUR 206.7 billion, EUR 55.7 billion is invested in real estate. In addition, Swiss Life Asset Managers has real estate under administration of EUR 25.3 billion through its subsidiaries Livit and Corpus Sireo. Total real estate under management and administration at the end of December 2018 thus came to EUR 81.0 billion.
Swiss Life Asset Managers employs about 1800 people in Europe.
1 PropertyEU, Top 100 Investors, December 2018

About Bayerische Versorgungskammer:

As the largest public pension group in Germany the Bayerische Versorgungskammer is the largest public service and competence center for professional and municipal pensions. It manages the businesses of twelve legally independent professional and municipal pension institutions with a total of round about 2.3 billion insured persons and old age pension beneficiaries, approx. 4.8 billion € annually of contribution and apportionment revenues and approx. 3.4 billion Euros annually of pension payments. It manages for all institutions together a capital investment volume or, at the moment, approx. 77 billion € (book value). The Bayerische Versorgungskammer employs more than 1,300 employees and is signatory of the Diversity Charter since 2010, Signatory of the UN Principles or responsible investment (PRI) since 2011 and Signatory of the Memorandum for Women in Leadership since February 2017.

About Hines:

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 214 cities in 24 countries. Hines has approximately $120.6 billion of assets under management, including $66.5 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $54.1 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 128 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,348 properties, totaling over 444 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 512 properties, representing over 223 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 organizations in the world. Since the opening of its site in Germany in 1991, Hines has acquired or developed a total of 40 properties with an overall surface area of over 1.6 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 Wohnpark Südkreuz in Berlin, Hofstatt, Uptown München 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 €4.1 billion as an asset and development manager.

Since entering Europe in 1991, Hines has grown its European platform to include a presence in 47 cities in 11 countries. Hines currently has over €16.7 billion of assets under management in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.Further information is available at and for more details about the sustainability program and the objectives of Hines.

Hines Immobilien GmbH
Joachim Wintzer | Managing Director
Hardenbergstraße 28a | D-10623 Berlin
Tel +49 (30) 72 62 41 100 | Fax +49 (30) 72 62 41 109


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