Our aim today is to develop office properties in such a way that we can manage them efficiently even in a fast-changing future. While watching and interpreting societal changes, evolving working processes and corporate business models, we also purposely trial new technical solutions and space and building concepts on selected development projects. Current examples of this approach include cube berlin – Europe’s smartest building, according to the 7th December 2016 edition of B.Z., Berlin’s biggest daily newspaper – and ONE, the high-rise office and hotel building in Frankfurt. While our development of cube berlin aimed to create a fully digitised structure with artificial intelligence (a ‘brain’), ONE is as analogue as possible, so to speak, carrying the urban feel of the city into the building to produce a highly liveable environment. Our objective here is to learn for the future: we will apply proven technologies and the blend of usage types not only to development projects, but also to our portfolio of buildings wherever usefully feasible, always bearing in mind our aim of creating urban benchmarks.
Of course we are not alone in these efforts: we operate in partnership with other companies and research institutions. Youth development is especially important to us, and to this end we work closely with the IREBS International Real Estate Business School.
CA Immo is a partner to the Office 21 joint research project of the Fraunhofer IAO Institute. The current research phase extending from 2016 to 2018 is focused on the success factors in creating a working environment that promotes innovation while linking analyses of best practice to pertinent research findings.
We also continue to cooperate with RWTH Aachen for the cube berlin testing laboratory, where the latest technologies for cube, our smart building project in Berlin, are tested and developed.
We actively participate in the main platforms for the real estate sector through cooperation agreements and memberships of such bodies as the Urban Land Institut (ULI), the German Property Federation (ZIA), the German Sustainable Building Council and its Austrian equivalent the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate (ÖGNI). In this way we can influence the development of the sector while contributing to research into sustainable urban and structural development.