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May 30, 2018

Global Coworking: Meet betahaus l Barcelona (Spain)

Our Global Coworking trip continues. This time we're taking you inside betahaus l Barcelona – the coworking heaven in the heart of Europe.

Summer is making it hard to stay in the office. Be honest. How many times in the last week have you dreamt of working from a balcony where cold cocktails and the beach are only a few minutes away? We can promise you're not the only one. But, you don't have to fly all the way to Costa Rica or Bali in order to get this summer feeling. Just a two-hour flight away from betahaus | Berlin you can find a coworking space with huge terraces, rooftop view, and a strong coworking community.

Here's a glimpse into betahaus l Barcelona.

About Barcelona

betahaus Barcelona Global Coworking Barcelona From Above
Photo: Barcelona from Above


Thinking of Barcelona, the first thing that comes to mind are sunny beaches, eclectic architecture, amazing nightlife, and a unique artistic vibe. However, you might be surprised to know how much the city has to offer for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and digital nomads. Even though Catalans might not be known for their long hours in the office, over the last few years, Barcelona has developed a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Barcelona is home to more than 1,000 tech startups and has an Ecosystem Value of $6.4 billion dollars. It ranks as the fifth best cities for coworking in Europe behind London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Yet, none of the above offer weather creeping above 30-degrees, nor seashores to watch the sunset from after work. Therefore, Barcelona seems to be the best city for anyone looking for a summer coworking experience who doesn't want to spend a fortune on overseas flights.

About betahaus | Barcelona

Barcelona Gracia Street betahaus Coworking Global
Photo: Barcelona Gracia Street

betahaus l Barcelona is located in the alternative and artsy Gràcia neighborhood, right in the center of the city. Famous for its narrow streets, numerous independent art galleries and creative pursuits, Gràcia is certainly the most Berlin-like quarter of Barcelona. Even inside our Barcelona coworking space, the team has managed to bring a unique DIY atmosphere. You can find numerous handmade signs and furniture around the house, leafy plants hanging from the ceiling and wooden deck chairs on the rooftop. 

If not spread around the four terraces, members gather in the café over lunch. Instead of a kicker, betahaus l Barcelona has a ping pong table and even an open library, where coworkers can exchange their favorite reads.

betahaus Barcelona Coworking Space Terrace Lunch
Photo: Terrace betahaus
betahaus Barcelona Terrace View Cworking Space Spain
Photo: View from the Terrace
betahaus Barcelona Cowokring Space Skype Booth Office
Photo: Skype Booth
betahaus Barcelona Sign Terraces Cafe Coworking
Photo: Handmade Sign

betahaus Barcelona in Numbers

betahaus l Barcelona is spread across 2000 q.m. and divided into 6 floors. The coworking space has 4 terraces, a rooftop, community kitchen, a café, multiple meeting rooms, comfy Skype booths, printers, and even a small backyard. 

Our membership plans cost between 169,– for Club and 279,– for a Pro Membership. However, the team does offer special deals. Don't be surprised if you're invited to a personal interview after applying for membership! This is how our team in Barcelona finds the best fits and maintains a friendly, familial atmosphere in the space. 

Currently, betahaus l Barcelona has around 190 members including freelancers and international startups.

betahaus Barcelona Coworking Area Space Office Terrace Open Summer
Photo: Terrace
betahaus Barcelona Coworking Space Offices Spain Startup
Photo: First Floor Open Space
betahaus Barcelona Sign Ping Pong Time Coworking Community
Photo: Ping Pong Time
Coworking Space Spain Barcelona betahaus Elevator Going Down
Photo: Elevator
betahaus Barcelona Coworking Space Area Freelancers Work Together Photo: Coworking Area

Did you see our blog post about betahaus l Sofia? Give it a read here! If you want to know more about how to travel and work from different coworking spaces with one membership, click here.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !

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