Office space

Berlin’s office market is on the rise

19 million square feet to be finished in 2021

Of all European cities, Berlin stands out as the one where the office landscape has changed most significantly in recent years. Every 20 hours a new business is established in Berlin and the office market in Berlin is growing rapidly. Being one of the most dynamic cities in Europe, Berlin also has one of the world’s hottest office markets. In 2017 and 2018, it was under significant pressure with squeezed supply and exploding demand, especially within the startup sector. 

Berlin office market: Spree river bank with office buildings
Spree river bank with office buildings © ArTo -

Responding to the increased demand 

Entrepreneurs from all over the world are moving to the German capital for its large talent pool, easy access to financing, spirit of innovation and inimitable way of life. The universities ensure a steady supply of professionals, but it’s the capital's abundance of cultural attractions, rich heritage, and thriving club scene that truly lures in a young, tech-savvy crowd. In turn, this has been a major driver behind international companies’ decisions to locate here.

 A study by McKinsey&Company predicts this growth to result in 100,000 tech startup jobs by 2020, many of which will be opportunities for non-German speakers as companies look to expand across the European market. The Berlin ecosystem is considered one of Europe’s most dynamic cities, with a population of 3.7 million that is forecasted to grow to 4 million by 2035 according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW)

Berlin office market: Berlin's office space is growing rapidly

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Given this steady influx of businesses and people, the demand for offices has grown rapidly in recent years. With a vacancy rate at less than 1,9%, the office rental market is tense, but real estate providers have responded. More than 4 million sqft of new office space is currently under construction - around twice as much new office space as in previous years. In 2020 this will increase to almost four times as much and, by 2021, a total of around 19 million sqft will be finished. No other city in Germany can compete with this kind of area increase.

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The growth of Berlin’s sub-markets

Competition for space has led to the development of new and existing submarkets, as companies are forced further afield to find the right space at the right price for their employees. The rapid transformation seen in areas within and along the S-Bahn ring illustrates the extent of the evolution underway.

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The City-West area has officially made a come-back. Overlooked by investors and renters until relatively recently, there are now a number of projects underway, particularly around the Zoologischer Garten station. One of the most prominent buildings here is the Zoofenster, a tower complex that is home to the glamorous Waldorf-Astoria hotel as well as high-end office and retail companies. Friedrichstrasse has drawn major attention from investors and renters, the most obvious sign of which is the prominent Rocket-Tower development which serves as headquarters to Rocket Internet. The new OMA-designed Axel Springer campus construction points to a bright future for this submarket.

Van Caem Projects plans to develop 118,4000 sqft of commercial space in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district. Six new buildings, each with 59,000 to 400,000 sqft, are planned for the former site of the Post Office at Buchberger Strasse. The new DSTRCT building is going up in close proximity and will have 527,000 sqft of sustainable and innovative architectural mobility.

Urbane Mitte fills one of Berlin’s last big gaps in the centre of the city. It links the Mitte, Schöneberg and Kreuzberg districts and forms a connecting bridge between the Park am Greisdreieck and the city. Seven buildings between 80 and 300 feet tall are in progress. The site is one of several development areas around Gleisdreieck railway station where a new part of the city is being built.

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The city continues to evolve

Berlin’s growth continues to skyrocket and, as big-name overseas developers look to secure increasingly larger holdings, more new locations, particularly those convenient to transport hubs, are emerging. 

Alongside investment opportunities, Berlin's culture and the overall quality of life and importantly cost of living play a big role in the city's appeal. With the UK possibly losing tech talent to Brexit, friendlier locales like Berlin appear even more attractive to adventurous entrepreneurs. The capital's open attitude and cool image appeal to a young, tech-savvy crowd, along with the relatively low residential rents and affordable cost of living. 

With offices being in such high demand, the importance of flexible workspaces and coworking is growing significantly. With over 100 locations Berlin is Germany’s hub for shared office spaces. See our article on Coworking in Berlin.

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Text: Melissa Embury
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