An old consultant rule says you should dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have. This rule also applies to our space. Our lounge is not geared to current needs, but reflects our vision of a modern working world. Eschewing traditional work-life balance and ushering in a new era of work-life integration: the line between work and leisure disappears, as does the classic nine-to-five industry jobs. The freedom of the digital bohemian cafes, for which Berlin was known. The informal, open, creative work atmosphere is modeled after cafes like the espressolounge, Coffee Cult or Barcomis on Bergmannstraße. Our large community table in the center of the room invites you to share a meal or a spontaneous discussion together.
The spacious lounge is an important statement: mtc as an organization is there for the people, for the employees, it’s partners and it’s customers.
A used, rebuilt Wega was found by our friend Gregor at Caffé e Ricambio. The idea comes from our friends at Edenspiekermann. At Erik’s we have seen that one can provide a proper espresso machine in the office, instead of the usual Nespresso or Juras . The collective preparation is experience in itself, serving as an icebreaker to help and shorten small talk concerning the weather dramatically.
People meet in our organization during the mindful preparation of a coffee. There are connections and conversations that extend beyond work. Changes, developments and the associated worries and joys can be expressed and shared as well. A coffee before or after the meeting or after lunch shows hospitality and service.
Light creates the space around us. Only light is capable of making the environment visible to us. In our former piano factory, we have adhered to the old industrial style light design and thus created a warm and open atmosphere. This goes far beyond functional design as every detail of every lamp, pot and light have been carefully chosen, replicated and installed. The warm, restrained lighting never competes with our screens. On the contrary, the intensity is deliberately mild and discreet.
The first impression is a lasting one. Therefore, the reception is seen as the central point at mtc where we welcome colleagues and visitors alike. A fresh bouquet of flowers is delivered every Monday and greets you at the reception desk. The flowers are a welcome to everyone and bring a smile to the faces of those who catch sight of them.
Our largest room is a coworking space of 400 square meters. This dynamic space can be divided or rearranged, allowing us to accommodate conferences and events with ease.
The silent porter in the entrance hall pays homage to our office’s history. It reminds us of the people who worked in these rooms before us. The ground floor once served as a wood yard for the piano factory which occupied the floors above. At one time even fresh milk was sold here!
In our new rooms, we support various types of meetings: formal meetings, such as meetings, workshops, individual or group meetings, for which we have set up quite “normal” meeting rooms. The walls are provided with a special whiteboard lacquer so that we can leave about notes and sketches so that we could completely do without the usual white plastic frames. In the next office, only glass surfaces remain.
Meetings are often held in adjacent cafes for a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air. Informal meetings often take place in our lounge, in the seating corner, at the community table or the coffee bar. The homemade espresso or cappuccino serve as an introduction or icebreaker in more difficult meetings.
The way we shape our collaboration allows us to come to agreements rather than follow instructions. These agreements are seen as the result of meetings and are the binding decisions which form the basis of our productivity. We consciously keep the space free and open to new ideas, brainstorming and inspiration, which in turn fosters change.
First comes the why, followed by the how and what. Our Dojo is a meeting room like all others. It is a space which consciously breaks the classic work pattern. It takes on a different culture and therefore questions our functioning. If we are not clear about why we are doing something and what the meaning and motives of our actions are, we often stay far below our possibilities. The dojo should give us access to the why and be a clear symbol of our search for it.
As one is strengthened, everyone is free. What you do right here, too. One must first remove their socks in order to not damage the Tatami mat. Be it meditation, yoga, karate or simply lying down: Everything is permitted as long as it is kept in one’s best intentions. Discussions have a different intensity in this mindful environment. Through this space we want to remain mobile and modest.
In this space we deliberately made sure that wood could be used in its most natural state. The bench located under the light shaft gains its real beauty through its imperfectness. By making mistakes we learn and grow and remain modest. Our fear vanishes and our confidence grows.