SoundCloud, the startup that is currently valued at $700 million, provides an online audio sharing platform, where users can upload and stream music files. With expanding user base, currently with 250 million users, the Berlin-based company is undergoing fast expansion, also apparent in their brand new 4,000 square meter headquarters in Berlin.
Designed with concrete floors, the spacious workplace has an urban, industrial feel. This ambiance is reinforced by many of the interior elements, which were left unchanged from its former function as a brewery. This unconventional office space has a total capacity of 350 people, almost double to the current SoundCloud team of 180 spread in product, engineering, design, finance community, legal and HR teams.
Designed by German architect firm Kinzo, this office features plenty of perks, immanent to almost every startup workplace. A library, a garden, yoga room, fireplace, even a relax area with an acoustic isolating curtain.
The wood-burning fireplace lounge area is purposefully designer tech-free, so employees can “switch off” for a moment and engage in non work related conversations. There are also 16 uniquely designed meeting rooms that vary in size, but all feature glass walls to reinforce the company’s transparent image and culture. The designers also took special care in making the office eco-friendly with couch cushions made from sustainable hemp and coconut.
As an audio company the cool office space also features plenty of sound equipment as well as a dedicated recording studio.