It’s not that the traditional office has become obsolete, but co-working spaces are now part of how businesses manifest their flexibility and modernity. Co-working spaces are affordable and offer a wealth of diversity. With packages that include everything from monthly deals to daily passes, even commitment-phobes can find something that meets their needs.
This article by Brienne Pierce first appeared in The Culture Trip and is reproduced here with kind permission.
Agora’s open floor plan, ample natural light and greenery are just a few of the reasons why working at Agora is a dream. The space is great for collaboration with the other budding professionals in the well-lit collective. Alongside a variety of workshops to try out, there’s a Food Assembly in Agora’s garden every Wednesday to learn hands-on about sustainable food production.
Mittelweg 50, (Neukölln) 12053 Berlin
betahaus has been kicking it in Berlin since 2009, and now have hubs in other major cities Barcelona, Sofia and Hamburg. So, what’s their vision? ‘A space that functions as a combination of a Vienna-style coffee house, a library, a home office or a university campus.’ They’ve done a good job of bringing this vision to fruition. It has a café on the ground floor for when you need a caffeine boost and multiple levels for members to work in quiet or not-so-quiet spaces.
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20, (Kreuzberg) 10969 Berlin
From shared working desks to private rooms, LAUNCH/CO provides a place for those in need of a professional yet comfortable environment in which to conduct business. Its location in the parish house of an old church, sets it apart from other co-working spaces in the city.
Rudolfstrasse 14, (Friedrichshain) 10245 Berlin
It’s not just our love for the clever name that puts this space on the list. House of Clouds is a versatile work space that encourages people from all disciplines to come and collaborate. It hopes to foster creativity through plenty of space and freedom.
Wiclefstraße 16-17, (Moabit) 10551 Berlin
Spott Box is a quaint and homey co-working space in the heart of Wedding with a photo studio, exhibition rooms, a kitchen, co-working space and a conference room. It encourages people from all disciplines to come, work, and find their modes of expression. Their motto is to be ‘multifunktional’ and to ‘do it all’.
Seestraße 97, (Wedding) 13353 Berlin
This co-working space offers a flexible working environment for all types of creatives. With meeting rooms, workshops, 50 desks and chairs, and a place to eat, ESDIP Berlin is the perfect fit for co-workers who want to interact, work hard, and converse with fellow co-workers. Its open space and art-dotted walls make this an excellent environment to work diligently and creatively.
Grünberger Straße 48B (Friedrichshain) 10245 Berlin
This landmark of the Berlin co-working scene moved to new digs in September, raising the bar of co-working as well as installing one at their new premises. Co-workers can tuck into quality grub in situ at the Ahoy! restaurant, book space in one of four meeting rooms or rent the 180 square metres of event space for showcasing work, or simply throwing a massive party. You probably don’t need any more reason to say hello to Ahoy!
Wattstraße 11, (Mitte) 13355 Berlin
This friendly west Berlin co-working space provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for all kinds of work. This colourful and professional environment provides the co-worker – whatever the discipline – with the chance to sign up monthly for a spot in their venue, or a more adaptable approach through their remote office. Square Haus has meeting rooms, conference rooms, a terrace, a kitchen and ample space to develop creatively.
Fritz46 boasts a unique, industrial design and a slew of amenities. It offers meeting rooms, flexibility, a professional working atmosphere, and a coffee machine that you can pay for once-a-month for unlimited caffeination. It’s located inside a ’70s industrial building and while there are no day passes, they do offer ten-day passes or monthly options.
Lübecker Str 46, (Tiergarten) 10559 Berlin
This electrical substation was built in the 1920s to the designs of architect Hans Heinrich Müller, and was renovated in the early 2000s with a very clear vision: to foster a collaborative workspace with all the resources a good office should provide. With major tech companies already renting space there, Thunderbolt Collective is more suited to the more settled entrepreneurs and only offers monthly packages. That includes desk space, a mailing address, access to the candy wall – yes, a candy wall – coffee and conference rooms. The loft space balances the professional with the playful, providing a recreational space and a nap area.
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 20 – 22, (Kreuzberg) 10999 Berlin
CO23 offers over 100 square metres of space for creatives from all fields, which suits the needs of freelancers and small businesses alike. A variety of packages cater to the specific needs of each customer. Conference rooms, laser printers and a monthly fee for unlimited coffee are just a few other reasons this space is list-worthy.
Stresemannstr. 23, (Kreuzberg) 10963 Berlin
Co.up puts as much of an emphasis on community as it does co-working. This friendly space hosts clientele mostly from the tech world, but eagerly welcomes people from all fields. This spot privileges collaboration and creative exploration and invites its co-workers to help each other.
Adalbertstraße 8, (Kreuzberg) 10999 Berlin
Alte Kantine was once a canteen where BVG workers used to share meals. Now freelancers, entrepreneurs and other creatives share space and ideas there. With silent offices for those in need of quiet space, and open spaces where you can desk squat, any co-worker can find what they’re looking for. Should work get a little boring, you can check out their lively events calendar.
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, Uferstrasse 8-11 (Wedding) 13357 Berlin
This co-working space has two locations and some serious cred. Membership provides access to both locations, private rooms, use of microwaves and shower facilities and other essential amenities. They have packages for night owls and virtual offices in addition to their standard co-working membership. The café on the ground floor at Rosenthaler platz is a landmark of the Berlin coffee scene.
Rosenthalerstrasse 72a, (Mitte) 10119 Berlin
Along with the desks, offices, conference rooms, and kitchen, this co-working space hits the spot with its monthly darts tournament. This airy and professional environment that once housed a book printer makes it easy to focus on creativity and collaboration. b+office is a quiet yet amicable place for freelancers, artists and techies to get their work done.
Dudenstraße 10, (Kreuzberg) 10965 Berlin