See SoundCloud’s New Headquarters At The Forefront Of Berlin’s Tech Scene

See SoundCloud’s New Headquarters At The Forefront Of Berlin’s Tech Scene

Housed in a former brewery, the 4,000 square-meter office boasts quirky features and will host local hackathons and events.

Rachel Oliner, PSFK
  • 25 june 2014

SoundCloud has become one of the top start-ups to come out of Berlin, putting the European city on the map as a certifiable tech hub comparable to Silicon Valley. The digital audio platform had 250 million monthly users in October last year, a number that’s even more impressive considering that the company acquired 50 million members just in the five months before that. Founded by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss in the German capital in 2007, SoundCloud has extended its offices to San Francisco, New York, London and Sofia.


Earlier this month, the team moved into their new global headquarters in Berlin, housed in three levels of a former brewery. The 4,000 square-meter office was built with the company’s immense growth in mind; currently the space can hold 180 employees, but it could accommodate up to 350 desks if necessary. Designed by Kelly Robinson and Berlin-based interior design firm KINZO, the three-story office stills retains plenty of German industrial charm, found in the cement floors, the exposed concrete pillars, and the minimalist layout. Pops of color can be found throughout, with yellow and orange accent walls and blue bean bag chairs livening up the monochromatic design.


SoundCloud’s headquarters wouldn’t be complete without the outlandish touches that are usual for start-ups these days. Following the mantra “Home is where our music’s playing,” the office boasts top-of-the-line AV equipment and a recording studio for employees and their community to use for personal projects. Photobooths and vinyl record players pop up around the office, as well as a wood burning stove for those cold Berlin winters. The spacious office also hosts a library, a yoga studio, and a kitchen that provides on-site cooking for SoundCloud’s staff.

Not just designed for the daily 9-5 grind, SoundCloud hopes that their new headquarters will also function as a space where they can “all learn, collaborate, and share knowledge,” according to their blog. The office was designed to serve as a future incubator for up-and-coming start-ups, and hopes to host local organizations for hackathons, conferences, and other events. The former brewery could serve as a physical hub within Berlin’s burgeoning tech scene, cementing the city’s position as a start-up force to be reckoned with.

SoundCloud Blog // KINZO

[h/t] Designboom


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