We spent most of 2018 reimagining what betahaus could be. Without the limitations of our original building, we had the chance to envision an entirely new space that still feels like ours.
We went to viewings all across Berlin trying to find a flexible location that was big enough for our community and cool enough to replace the house where we got our start. Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 looked like home from the minute we walked inside, with hidden hallways and a rooftop terrace; what we didn’t quite expect was that we’d find two spaces that we really loved.
Our chance came up to open a second space in Berlin, so we're taking it! At the beginning of 2019, we'll open betahaus | Neukölln for coworking and events and we're pretty damn excited about it.
betahaus | Neukölln will be located at Harzer Straße 39 in the Geyer-Werke building. The space is spread across six floors and will be divided up into coworking areas, makers workshops, studios, event spaces, and tons of team rooms. You’ll have access to a courtyard with a garden and a pond where you can take a break during the workday. And in case you’re wondering, we're working on a membership perk where you could work from either of our locations with just one membership.
“Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 will continue to be our HQ, while our space at Harzer Straße 39 will be about reconnecting with the makers and freelancers that made Berlin awesome in the first place,” says betahaus Co-Founder Christoph Fahle. “We chose the building in Neukölln because it is a super awesome historical site in an up-and-coming neighborhood. There is not much coworking in Neukölln yet, so we hope to contribute to the general infrastructure and build a space where there is nothing else so far.”
What do you think of our newest location? We're hosting a dedicated betabreakfast on 1 November where we’ll be looking at plans for the space (9:30am) before we head over to the new building for a tour (11:30am).
In the meantime, you can always email us at email@example.com or stop by our Front Desk with questions. We can't wait to share our ideas and get your input on this new location while everything is still in progress. Until then!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org !