Case study: Stadtquartier Südkreuz Berlin




Stadtquartier Südkreuz Berlin

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A housing digitization project

The district was the first residential ensemble in Germany to be awarded the WiredScore Home certification in Platinum for its digital infrastructure and connectivity. This offers the best conditions for all users, even the most demanding. At the same time, it sets a new benchmark for future buildings of this class.


The Stadtquartier Südkreuz in Berlin stands for networked and sustainable living on an area of 21,430m2 and boasts excellent connectivity. The urban district was completed in 2020 by the international real estate company, Hines, and acquired by CBRE Investment Management in autumn 2021. It offers an interactive and sustainable living space for 1,200 people in 11 buildings with different types of living. The 664 units include 213 micro-apartments and 116 social housing. This includes 34 apartments for young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, part of a unique project in Berlin The district also has a kindergarten, several playgrounds, climbing walls, a fitness studio, a roof garden, co-working areas, a fully equipped music and rehearsal room, a café, a multifunctional pavilion and 166 parking spaces. The ‘intergenerational future districts’ was digitized by the Hamburg property manager Reos, who has managed it ever since.

The Stadtquartier Südkreuz is not only in line with our ESG goals, it also sets the highest technical standards. We offer all residents excellent access to the digital world. The WiredScore certification creates transparency and is proof of the district’s excellent connectivity.

Marius Schöner

Country Manager Germany at CBRE Investment Management

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Certification process

The WiredScore certification of the Südkreuz Berlin district took place in a 5-stage process after construction was completed.

1. Kick-off meeting
The starting point of the certification was a kick-off meeting attended attended by Hines Germany (the developer), CBRE Investment Management (the new owner), Reos (the property manager) and WiredScore. At this meeting, deadlines and responsibilities were set and the certification process was discussed.

2. Property inspection and document analysis
The first evaluation of the district was covered in another meeting, once the documents had been submitted and an inspection of the property had been carried out. The basis for this exchange was the building inspection reports prepared by WiredScore for the two different usage concepts (rented apartments and serviced apartments) in the district. As a result of this workshop, the next steps to achieve further credits and the desired WiredScore Platinum certification level were defined from the catalog of measures.

3. Implementation of improvement measures
An iterative process then began in which further proof of the discussed improvement measures was provided. As property manager of the district, Reos was instrumental in submitting the evidence for the further credits to WiredScore.

4. Finalization of the certificate
After the implementation of the agreed measures, such as the proof of a comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage, the Stadtquartier Südkreuz, Berlin, received the WiredScore Platinum award for both usage concepts.

5. Marketing
The certificate and the summary of the certification results were subsequently included in the tenancy documents and the district’s website, as well as published in a press release.

District connectivity characteristics

The excellent Platinum certification result is based on a number of connectivity features that set the district apart from others. In addition to the digital infrastructure, the aspects of readiness, services for residents, innovations and the future security of the buildings for new technologies were evaluated in the certification process. To earn WiredScore Platinum certification, a building must achieve a minimum of 90 out of 100 points in the rating system and meet other minimum requirements. High-speed connectivity (e.g. via fiber optics) must be available, the building and the residential units must be prepared for multiple telecommunications network operators and their equipment, and it must be possible to upgrade existing contracts to gigabit. Residents must also be able to establish an internet connection in their apartment on the day they move in.

Selected connectivity features include:

High-speed internet in the rental unit

The fiber optic cabling ensures that each rental unit is supplied with high-speed internet.

Internet access from day one

Residents are able to establish an internet connection from the day they move in, without first contacting a telecommunications network operator. This is ensured by an already existing digital infrastructure (router/access point) by D.T.Net, which can be enabled on moving in. The high-speed internet can be used free of charge for one month.

Variety of high-speed network operators

Two telecommunications network operators, Deutsche Telekom and 1&1 Versatel, supply the district with their own fiber-optic infrastructure, offering residents an appropriate choice and ensuring internal competition.

Free Wi-Fi in the common areas

Wi-Fi hotspots supply the common areas of the district with free access to Wi-Fi. This includes the café, the coworking space, the gym, the laundry room, the music room, the communal roof and the courtyard. This Wi-Fi has an appropriate security standard (WPA2), allowing safe ‘surfing’.

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