Digital Hub Built from Berlin Wall Remains
An innovative new technology centre for GermanyΓÇÖs growing ΓÇÿSilicon AlleeΓÇÖ scene is to be fashioned out of remnants of the Berlin Wall.
ΓÇÿThe FactoryΓÇÖ, will serve as an innovation hub, community centre and working offices for local technology start-ups and will be located in a building that part-adjoins the wreckage of the Berlin Wall that was brought down in 1989.
Prior to The Factory, BerlinΓÇÖs techie scene has historically been distributed across the various districts of the capital city.
Start-ups have congregated in homes and offices close to the site of where The Factory will stand in the central Mitte district, as well as in North-Easterly Prenzlauer Berg, South-Westerly Kreuzberg and Charlottenberg, West of central Berlin.
But now, on what was once the heavily-patrolled East-West border ΓÇô an area that today features little more than the wreckage of the iconic Wall ΓÇô many of GermanyΓÇÖs digital start-ups will find a modern new home from which to grow and compete internationally.
The 91,500 square foot building will be one-third occupied by very young enterprises working alongside larger companies. When complete, the space will comprise five campuses, an art gallery, a fitness centre, a beer garden and a restaurant.
Early sign-ups to the building include 6Wunderkinder, Four Sektor, Mozilla, Silicon Allee, SoundCloud, Toast, Urge iO and Views. It is hoped it will be ready for business by the end of 2013.
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