With the Munich Urban Colab, a place has been created in Munich's Neuhausen district where workspaces, event spaces and much more can be rented. Above all, however, the aim is to jointly develop ideas for the smart city of the future. An ideal place for workshops and events that inspires one's own creativity.
Plenty of space for great visions of the future
The Akebia quinata has already successfully climbed the first few metres. The robust climbing cucumber that makes its way upwards from its round bed in the light-flooded inner courtyard of the Munich Urban Colab, twisted around struts. The climbing plant is a very good symbol for this place. There's still plenty of room for growth here, and there's still plenty of room for improvement.
A quarter for creative people
In summer 2021, the Munich Urban Colab celebrated its debut in the creative quarter of Neuhausen, and the list of speakers at the opening alone made the high status of the new location as well as the great expectations clear. For in addition to Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, not only entrepreneur and BMW major shareholder Susanne Klatten spoke, but also EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Nucleus for new ideas
As a joint project of the City of Munich and UnternehmerTUM, the Centre for Start-ups and Innovations at the Technical University of Munich, a state-of-the-art centre for ideas has been created at Freddie-Mercury-Strasse 5, an experimental laboratory for science and business, for architects and artists as well as for all citizens, in order to test, work out and develop new innovations together.
Visions for the Smart City
A think tank for large corporations, small start-ups and all visionaries who work together to create trend-setting concepts and solutions for the Smart City, for the liveable city of the future, especially in the fields of mobility, housing and artificial intelligence. A space for many minds and for boundless ideas that can be put into practice straight away from theory, for example in the high-tech prototype workshop "MakerSpace".
We are more of an ecosystem than a workplace.
Being creative together
So it's not a classic co-working space where companies and freelancers work independently of each other and side by side. At Colab, the tenants are supposed to interlock with each other, as Managing Director Claudia Frey emphasises: "We are more of an ecosystem than a workplace. Munich's economic advisor Clemens Baumgärtner describes the idea centre as a meeting place for the "crème de la crème" of the inventive spirit, offering plenty of space for vision and communication on an area of 11,000 square metres on five floors. Seldom has the term "place of synergies" applied better than here.
Between desk, café and workout
For prospective tenants, Colab offers a wide variety of options, from a desk in the open space as part of the community to your own office with up to six workstations. A café, two conservatories and a fitness room not only serve as places to take a break and unwind, they are also places where people can exchange ideas and network with each other.
In addition, numerous conference and seminar rooms with state-of-the-art technological equipment can be booked here in a wide range of sizes between 88 and 323 square metres, for events, meetings and workshops, for symposia or pitching events.
We can look forward to seeing what ideas are implemented as output from the Colab. What kind of world we will live in later and how we will move in the urban environment, once the climbing cucumber in the foyer of Freddie-Mercury-Straße 5 has reached the top.
Further information on the Munich Urban Colab can be found here.