The hotel developer MQ Real Estate, founded in 2014, will construct the world’s first modular hotel on top of a shopping center in Berlin. For this, a new story containing a hotel will be added to Ring-Center 2 shopping center in Berlin. Two-thirds of the ECE-managed shopping center is owned by a closed real estate fund of Deutsche Asset Management.
By pursuing its Skypark hotel concept, the developers embrace the trend of urban densification and a future-oriented urban development. With this project, a currently unused parking level will be revitalized by the cooperative effort of the project partners. The entire hotel is planned to be constructed with wooden modular units, which were prefabricated in a factory in Germany, and to meet sustainable, energy-efficient German KfW 55 standards. The hotel will be operated by Novum Hospitality and become a hotel of its new niu brand.
The preparations for the 151 hotel room modules, which will be constructed in a row and form a complete hotel, have started now. This one-story hotel will be constructed on the 8,000 sq m parking level within only a few weeks’ time. In order to lift the prefabricated rooms onto the parking deck, the project requires the service of one of the largest revolving tower cranes available in Germany. It will be built directly onto the building and promises a spectacular construction period.
“We are the first team in the world that consistently specializes in the modular extension of existing buildings, mainly on parking garages. Therefore, we are now entering unchartered territory in many respects. We are very proud to be able to team up with such strong partners and break new ground with them,” said Nikolai Jäger, founder of MQ Real Estate.
ECE not only provides the appropriate infrastructure for this innovative hotel concept. As a specialist for multi-use properties, the company was immediately inspired by the concept: “Being a center operator, we are always on the search for innovative offers and services for our visitors. We often integrated apartments, offices, or hotels into newly-built properties. The concept of constructing hotels on top of buildings immediately inspired us,” explains Joanna Fisher, Managing Director Center Management at ECE. “This is a great example for densification in a sought-after location in a metropolitan city. In addition, the hotel guests will bring additional footfall for the center.”