AXA IM Alts secures approval and launches works for timber hybrid office development in Munich
AXA IM Alts, a global leader in alternative investments with over €185 billion of assets under management1 , has received planning consent and launched the construction of ‘The Stack,’ a c. 16,000 sqm timber hybrid office asset in the centre of Munich.
The Stack, which is expected to complete by the end of 2025, will be developed in partnership with Accumulata. The project will deliver 6 floors of high-quality office space, alongside three basement floors, a ground floor and several accompanying amenities on the corner of Schwanthalerstraße and Goethestraße in the centre of Munich. The scheme, designed by Wilmotte & Associés Architectes, aims to achieve market-leading environmental credentials, combining a sustainably sourced timber hybrid construction method with green energy technology and biophilic design features to reduce energy demand considerably compared to a typical new-build development. Additional smart building technology will regulate indoor air quality and enable highly efficient local climate and lighting control, supporting enhanced workplace productivity and wellbeing.
Just a five-minute walk from Munich Central Station and within easy reach of the city’s international airport, The Stack will offer occupiers strong connectivity. The Stack occupies a prominent position in Munich’s central business district, where demand for modern, sustainable office space far exceeds current levels of supply, which is expected to be further exacerbated by a limited development pipeline. Munich’s increasingly prominent role in the German economy, alongside the improved connectivity of the city resulting from significant infrastructure upgrades, supports sustained demand.
This transaction forms part of AXA IM Alts’ ongoing strategy to undertake large-scale and high-profile developments in leading cities across Europe, building out its portfolio of core assets. AXA IM Alts has completed over 330 development projects with a total value of €21 billion across Europe since 2000, and currently has a further €8 billion of projects underway2 .
Germain Aunidas, Global Head of Development at AXA IM Alts, commented: “The launch of The Stack presents an attractive opportunity to address the undersupply of prime sustainable office space in Munich’s CBD, particularly given the area’s improved connectivity resulting from the significant redevelopment of the nearby Munich Central Station. With construction works now underway, The Stack will pair market-leading sustainability credentials with a technology-led focus on workplace wellbeing, delivering new, high-quality office space that meets the evolving requirements of top-tier occupiers and aligns to our global investment convictions.”
Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Architect, Urban planner and Founder of Wilmotte & Associés Architectes, added: “Recent advances in timber hybrid construction techniques present exciting opportunities to deliver new sustainable space at scale. The Stack is a prime example of the progress being made, leveraging cutting-edge timber elements to deliver a striking asset which benefits both occupiers and the planet. Situated in the heart of Munich, The Stack will offer employees exceptional local amenities and cultural experiences whilst also creating a workplace environment which puts wellbeing at the fore.”
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About AXA IM Alts
AXA IM Alts is a global leader in alternative investments with over €185 billion of assets under management1 comprising c.€87 billion of primarily private real estate, over €85 billion of private debt and alternative credit, as well as over €13 billion in Infrastructure and private equity. We take a 360° approach to real estate & infrastructure investing with over €114 billion of assets under management in direct opportunities, held indirectly through debt and listed equities and via long term private equity investments into operating platforms. ESG is fully integrated into our investment decision making processes with our responsible investment approach anchored by the three key pillars of decarbonisation, resilience and building tomorrow. AXA IM Alts employs 840 people located in 17 offices around the world and serves the needs of more than 600 clients from Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East. We are the number one property portfolio and asset manager in Europe2 , and one of the largest worldwide.
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