Mindspace, the global flexible office provider, will occupy 7,000 square meters of office space, a lobby and several roof terraces in Berlin’s FÜRST. The landlord for the project is the FÜRST Projektgesellschaft. The premises are part of the first construction phase of the district development, which was already completed in October 2020 on Berlin’s well-known Kurfürstendamm, or as the locals call it Ku’damm, with a total of 19,000 square meters of commercial space and an additional parking garage with more than 500 parking spaces. In addition, Mindspace also announces the appointment of its new global VP of Real Estate and Projects, Ana Nekhamkin.
Flexible office space in a high demand location
The FÜRST Projektgesellschaft is developing a site of 20,000 square meters in the prime Kurfürstendamm location in an area that extends over 97,000 square meters of commercial rental space for retail, office, lifestyle and art. Based on the design of the architectural firm Kleihues + Kleihues, in addition to the revitalization of an entire block, a new public square will be created for Berlin’s City West.
With Ku’damm being one of the most important shopping streets in Germany, Mindspace secures yet another flex office of over 7,000 square meters in a AAA Berlin location. As with its other locations, Mindspace members will be able to enjoy the numerous community activities, exclusive benefits and a global membership, in addition to the many amenities such as meeting rooms, lounge areas, communal kitchens, phone booths, mail services and a reception.
“We are very pleased that with Mindspace we gained a dynamic and innovative company that is a really great fit for FÜRST. And I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved for their passionate commitment, who have made this great success possible,” says Thomas Ostermann, Managing Director of the CELLS Group, which is entrusted with the coordination of all leasing activities at FÜRST.
“The FÜRST combines the usage of office, hotel, restaurant, retail, culture, entertainment, fitness and childcare with excellent accessibility. A total of around 3,500 people will be able to work there. A new platform is being created where people can work and interact together creatively – and in one of the best locations in the whole of Berlin,” adds Ostermann.
On the road to global expansion
Besides FÜRST, Mindspace is opening a second new location in Berlin on Zimmerstraße, which marks the 10th German location for the company. A vibrant capital city, Berlin stands for “New Work in action”. The two new locations in Kurfürstendamm and Zimmerstraße are scheduled to open starting July 2022 and both will be close in proximity to the three existing Mindspace offices on Berlin’s Friedrichstraße, Skalitzer Straße and Krausenstraße.
The new Mindspace Zimmerstraße can be found at the historic border of the Berlin Wall and covers 4,500 square meters on eight floors. It will be equipped with a high technical standard and will showcase the typical Mindspace boutique interior, which is characterized by the increased use of natural materials such as marble and wood, as well as terrazzo flooring in different patterns.
“Germany is a key market for Mindspace and our expansion in Berlin is one of the many to come. Currently our occupancy rate in Germany is over 95 percent and in some cities, even more. Mindspace is on a path of growth and we’re excited to have such great partners by our side for the journey,” says Oliver Lehmann, General Manager Mindspace Germany.
Mindspace currently operates 32 locations in 17 cities, and following their recent funding of $72 million of equity capital, the company is following through on its promise to continue expanding its proven offerings to meet the high demand. A significant part of the expansion is planned for Germany, and specifically Berlin as it’s a hub for startups, tech companies and creatives. At the head of the global expansion efforts will be Ana Nekhamkin, the new VP of Real Estate and Projects.
Ana Nekhamkin has robust experience in building and growing businesses, including acquiring, financing and managing real estate. She has been involved in international projects in key markets in the US, Europe and the Middle East. In her most recent role prior to joining Mindspace, she was responsible for Sonder’s (NASDAQ:SOND) real estate expansion in EMEA and coordinating transactions for the development of hotels and serviced apartments across the UK and Europe. At Mindspace, Ana will be responsible for contributing to the company’s growth, including building out the real estate team, signing new properties, and delivering projects.
“Ana Nekhamkin is an excellent addition to the team and we’re thrilled to have her take on the role of VP of Real Estate and Projects at Mindspace,” said Dan Zakai, Co-founder and CEO of Mindspace. “We are confident that with her impressive experience in the hospitality industry and with the current growth momentum of the flexible office industry, she will lead Mindspace to great heights together with our expanding real estate team. With Ana’s invaluable support, we will continue to actively pursue new management and partnership agreements, as well as lease opportunities.”
Ana Nekhamkin, VP of Real Estate at Mindspace, added: ‘I’m honored to join the Mindspace team and leverage my hospitality experience to help grow its global footprint. Mindspace has established itself as a key player in an exciting, quickly-evolving asset class and its strong brand, product and strong financial performance position the company perfectly for expansion in new and existing markets.”
Mindspace was legally advised by Alexander von Kleist (law firm legalpartner.berlin) and the FÜRST Projektgesellschaft by Bernhard M. Krug of CELLS Group.
For more information on the FÜRST, please visit: http://fuerstberlin.com
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