When real estate becomes office space: Unicorn’s vision of workspace as a service

After a successful year of 2018, the Berlin based workspace as as service provider continues its growth course 2019. 

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Berlin, 15.01.2019: 2019 marks the year of the unicorn. Founded in 2015, the company more than quadrupled its range of premises last year and welcomes 2019 with numerous new locations. At present, the opening of the thirteenth workspace has already been confirmed.  

The workspace provider is responding to the increasing demand for all-inclusive office space in Germany’s creative stronghold by continuing to expand and transforming real estate into workspaces. Currently, two percent of all office space in Berlin is used by coworking spaces – and the trend is rising. This is not only influenced by the changing needs of renting companies and start-ups, but is also supported by the capital’s increasingly tight real estate market. With the additional locations, Unicorn furthermore aims to stick to its vision of workspace as service. “Instead to just offer office space, Unicorn provides its clients with an all-round package instead of just office space. This includes flexible rental conditions, which are increasingly being lost in the current real estate market, as well as support from our in-house community barista, who are always available to our customers with advice, action and fresh cappuccino,” explains CEO and co-founder Florian Kosak.

Where there used to be dancing, there’s now work to be done. Only three years ago, the cornerstone of the Unicorn success story was laid in the first space in Berlin Mitte in the former premises of the popular King Kong Club. Before the first actual space opened its doors, Unicorn already operated a coworking café at Weinbergspark, which is now also used as a pop-up location for young Berlin brands to sell their products as well as for smaller events. Another location in the Brunnenviertel followed in 2017, which, in addition to coworking facilities, also accommodates individual meeting rooms, coworking facilities and an event location. Right next door is the associated Unicorn Canteen, that is just as inviting for relaxing coffee and lunch breaks as well as for an intimate gathering. 

Whether individual workstations, team rooms, entire floors or meeting rooms – the Unicorn principle works. For this reason, three more branches were established last year. The estates the spaces are located in, are as versatile as the room concepts themselves. The office in Wedding, which was opened in April 2018, is located in the former buildings of the eponymous Berlin industrial giant AEG. Here, industrial charm of the 19th century meets modernity of the 21st century. Situated in Berlin Charlottenburg, Unicorn Schlüterstraße welcomes its coworkers in a listed building on what used used to be the most pulsating street in Berlin in the 1920s, directly next to Kurfürstendamm. Last but not least, the Schöneberg edition located in Kleiststraße was launched in September this year and is exclusively rented to the medium-sized digitizer and 100% subsidiary of Commerzbank #openspace.

In 2019, the office provider continues to implement its ambitious visions. This month another space was already established right in the heart of Berlin in Markgrafenstraße. One of the first tenants at Unicorn Checkpoint Charlie is Sensorberg. The proptech provider did not only found a new home at the Unicorn office space, but is also responsible for digital admission management in all spaces. The cooperation with Sensorberg allows all tenants uncomplicated access to their workstations and meeting rooms with the help of the Unicorn app. At the beginning of the year, five further Unicorn Spaces were confirmed. For this purpose, properties in Berlin Mitte, Wedding, Kreuzberg and Neukölln will be transformed into office space. In addition for the first time a space outside Berlin will open in Potsdam am Haus am Platz. A highlight in particular is the so called Village in Neukölln. On an area of approx. 1,675 sqm, a wide variety of spatial concepts will be realised on three floors – from small to medium-sized team offices as well as a loft-like space that can accommodate up to 30 coworkers. On top, the work space will be located in a completely renovated charming former four-sided courtyard that was originally a dairy farm. All locations are confirmed to open their doors as early as spring 2019. One thing is certain for the Unicorn team: this is only the beginning of a workplace revolution and Kosak states self-confident: “In the new year we will continue to hold on to our vision of offering affordable workspaces for companies and individuals. In doing so, we want to act as sustainably as possible. By 2022 no fewer than 200 spaces are to be created in Berlin and throughout Europe in order to reach even more people with our concept.”