Zoku will be located in the world’s biggest and most creative cities, where they will be imbedded in, or near, the cool, interesting neighborhoods everyone’s talking about. We’ll be within cuddling distance of culture, entertainment, shops, entrepreneurship, start-ups, creative industry, etc. We’ll always be easy to reach.
Zoku opens its first location in 2016 in Amsterdam’s city center. Backed by our Dutch private equity partners, Zoku plans an global rollout of hotels that we will run ourselves. As we’re an ambitious bunch, we want to open at least five new locations with a total of around 750 Zoku Lofts as soon as possible to start with. Our aim is to create an offline social network of Zoku’s.
As the first stage in our plan towards world domination, Zoku is focused on creative European cities (London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, Vienna, Copenhagen, etc.) before turning our attention to similar cities around the globe.
Zoku aims to create a global community of like-minded individuals and provide an offline environment in which they can thrive. While creating this network of Zokus around the world, we would love you to be our eyes and ears.
In order to become a global brand, we are constantly looking for the best locations in the best cities. And who better to tell us than the locals living in those cities. Do you think there should be a Zoku in your city? Do you have a specific building/location in mind?
If you submit a potential property that is perfect for Zoku, we believe that this is worth more than just a high-five. For this, we have set up a transparent reward system for everybody who wants the best for Zoku. Please get in touch if you think you could partner with us in possible development opportunities. As Zoku’s aspirations of global expansion stretch way beyond European borders, suggestions outside of Europe are also welcome.
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Are you a property owner or do you have a location in mind?
Zoku re-invents the apartment hotel. Guest-centric design, efficient use of space, and value innovation are Zoku’s fundaments and together it’s these fundaments what makes us special:
Zoku will establish and operate the hotels with our own team. With our strong focus on social structure and lifestyle, we are creating more relevance – and therefore value. Zoku’s experienced development team is ready to evaluate, assess, co-develop and even support the development process. Because of the long-stay nature of the business model, Zoku is able to generate steady cash flows and yield attractive returns for property owners. Ready for some win-win?
At Zoku we are flexible and can work with the following types of projects:
We are open to closing fixed long-term lease contracts (ideally, with a variable component to align interests) or management agreements. We are also open to other options. Whatever the scenario, the hotels will be operated by Zoku’s operational team.
Zoku is interested in co-development and/or co-investment and likes to work with local partners. Our team will be intensively involved throughout the development process to ensure that the hotels are delivered in compliance with our brand standards and ready to be wired into the city of choice.
A few essential elements we keep in mind when choosing a location:
The first Zoku is currently being opened in Amsterdam’s city center, in the eastern part of the Canal District. The location is only minutes away from Rembrandt Square, Dam Square and Rijksmuseum.
Below are a few examples of our favorite cities that score high in international head offices, startup ecosystems, creative industries, innovation and international residents:
London • Berlin • Paris • Barcelona • Vienna • Hamburg • Copenhagen • Amsterdam (2nd)
Of course, this doesn’t mean that other cities aren’t on our radar. So please don’t hesitate to upload your recommendations.
Amsterdam (2nd) • London • Barcelona • Berlin • Paris • Hamburg • Vienna • Copenhagen • Zurich • Frankfurt • Istanbul • New York • San Francisco • Los Angeles • Chicago • Capetown • New Delhi • Melbourne • Rio de Janeiro • Buenos Aires • Hong Kong • Shanghai • Tokyo
For the actual look and feel of the Loft, please check our gallery or click here. For all developers, investors, property owners or any other interested readers, please find our typical floor layout below.
Zoku is a flexible industrialized concept, allowing the unit to be integrated in buildings of different size. We have several types of units (also referred to as ‘Zoku Lofts’) with net surfaces of around 25m2. Typically, the Zoku 1 Loft is 5.10m by 5.10m; the Zoku 2 Loft is 3.60m by 7.20m. This means that the minimum grid size is 3.60m. Those sizes are minimum sizes and can be slightly adjusted to the actual building. Both room types have been designed to likely fit existing building structures and dimensions. The combination of two Zoku Loft types (and possible extension thereof) in one building allows for maximum use and minimum footprint.
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