Photo essay: Google-backed startup 'Factory' finally opens in Berlin

After two years of construction and delays, startup 'Factory' finally opened in Berlin. Supported by Google, the new campus houses some of the biggest names in tech from Berlin and internationally.
Photo essay: Google-backed startup 'Factory' finally opens in Berlin

Highly anticipated and hyped Berlin startup campus 'Factory' finally opened its doors yesterday after two years of delays and unexpected construction surprises (including the discovery of "grenades and bunkers" at the site).

Factory – which is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs – is home to some of the most prominent names in Berlin's startup scene, including SoundCloud and 6wunderkinder, and also hosts international tech companies, such as Twitter, Zendesk and Mozilla.

Situated at the heart of the German capital, the 16,000 square-metre space is only a stone's throw away from a memorial site of the former Berlin wall. The campus, which used to be a brewery, is slated to house 22 tech companies and will offer seminars, events and tech know-how for those in the startup community.

In honor of the launch, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit stopped by the startup hub and stood alongside Factory co-founder Simon Schaefer during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Later in the evening, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt  also made an appearance for a keynote talk.

Here's our snapshots of Berlin's newest startup campus, from construction to opening festivities: Before

A look in and around Factory's construction site in January of this year. Factory Berlin Before 1 Factory Berlin Before

An (unfinished) view from the top at the beginning of this year. Factory Berlin

Guests (mostly press) begin to pour into the Factory space yesterday in anticipation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Factory Berlin 3

Factory Berlin 7 Factory Berlin 4Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit speaking about his hopes for the Factory's role in Berlin's startup scene and beyond.

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Some Factory startup residents setting up shop outside the building for the day to showcase their products. Factory Berlin 5

SoundCloud PR Manager Emma Young and SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung standing in the middle of startup fair action.Factory Berlin 6

The reception area of SoundCloud's offices in Factory.Factory Berlin 8

Surrounded by press, SoundCloud VP of Community David Noël speaks about the design of its new headquarters, which will house over 200 employees. Factory Berlin 9

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Meeting rooms are dedicated to cities and areas in which SoundCloud has an office.

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Large work areas that "sound really nice" because, obviously, it's SoundCloud.

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A view of the startup fair from Factory's fourth floor.

Image credit: 'Before' images by Robin Wauters, 'After' images by Charmaine Li.

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