HAVEL LABS Berlin: Innovation and tradition at a historic location directly on the Havel - Life Science Ready.

High-quality revitalization of a traditional industrial site with aspired certification as a sustainable ESG campus.

New Work, Home Office, Industry 4.0 - the world of work is changing rapidly. Digitalization, automation, and global connectivity are creating not only new fields of work but also novel forms of work. What's in demand are flat hierarchies, a flexible work routine, and a high degree of self-determination. Whether it's in production, craftsmanship, IT, or services, it's all about teamwork, innovation, creation, collaboration, and coordination. This requires flexible structures, along with clear project-related tasks and objectives. It also demands an understanding of both people and technologies. All of this is taken into account and finds a home here.

Welcome to the Future  – ­
Welcome to HAVEL LABS!

Front view HAVEL LABS Industry 4.0



The workplace of the future needs places where people simply feel comfortable. Places they enjoy returning to time and time again. Places that inspire and motivate. Places that enable a wide range of activities and fields of work, fostering stimulation and interaction.

On a unique site right on the banks of the Havel River, in the heart of Berlin, such a place is being developed. A vibrant blend of old and new, innovation and tradition, urbanity and waterfront. Here, the vision of future living and working becomes a reality.

Construction start in 2024, planned completion from 2026

Construction start in 2024,
planned completion from 2026

unique location

Unique location directly on the banks of the Havel River, opposite the Zitadelle Spandau


A total of approx.
28,000 sqm gross floor area

hybrid timber construction

2 new buildings in innovative hybrid-timber construction

building extensions

5 listed buildings with contemporary new building extensions

natural outdoor spaces

Natural outdoor spaces with a high quality of stay at the waterfront with excellent microclimate

mixed use

A forward-thinking mixed-use of modern high-end production and commercial factory housing possible


Excellent transportation connectivity with the U7 to Berlin's city center and the S9 to BER Airport

certification sustainability

Certification as a sustainable ESG Campus is being pursued

High-quality revitalization

High-quality revitalization of a historic industrial area into an innovative Campus 4.0


On the site of the historical Prussian rifle factory from the 19th century, a Work-Life-Place of the future is emerging. A Campus 4.0, sustainable, diverse, dynamic, and with an architectural and aesthetic quality that places people at its core. With a conscious connection to history and the surrounding nature, it is designed with a strong emphasis on ecological and resource-efficient principles.



Berlin is growing and growing. Leading the way: Spandau.

For years, the westernmost district of Berlin has been recording above-average growth rates. It's no wonder, considering its excellent infrastructure and optimal connectivity, with consistently fast connections to the surrounding areas and the heart of Berlin.

An additional advantage is the numerous extensive forest and waterfront areas along the Havel River, which add their own charming touch right in the midst of the metropolis.


GDP Growth (1st Half of 2023)

GDP Growth
(1st Half of 2023)

More Employees (Q3 2023)

More Employees
(Q3 2023)

waterfront location

Immediate location along the public waterfront path along the Havel River, streching from the Zitadelle to the new residential quarters in the north of Spandau.

subway station

8 minutes' walk to the "Zitadelle" subway station with connections to the entire Berlin public transportation network and regional services.

bicycle expressway

Connection to the planned Bicycle Expressway 2 from Falkenhagener Feld through the Old Town of Spandau, Siemensstadt, to Jakob-Kaiser-Platz in Charlottenburg.

Directly on the green banks of the Havel River, with a wide view over the Spandauer See to the Zitadelle and all the way to Eiswerder Island, the entire area continually offers new and exciting perspectives between the city and the water. An atmosphere that, in close proximity within the neighborhood, creates unique connections and impressions between urban dynamism and natural serenity.

HAVEL LABS path by the river accessability

Generous and open courtyards, inviting alleys, various buildings with entirely different characters, and in between, constantly intriguing views of the water. The architectural concept by Gewers Pudewill consciously embraces diversity and, at the same time, manages to make more out of the whole than the sum of its parts.

HAVEL LABS layout new and old buildings


Factory hall
Production/workshop: approx. 320 sqm
Digital production: approx. 280 sqm


Old canteen
Digital production: approx. 370 sqm
Gastronomy: approx. 440 sqm


Production/workshop: approx. 380 sqm
Digital production: approx. 60 sqm


Northern historic building
Production/workshop: approx. 1,080 sqm
Laboratory / manufacture: approx. 920 sqm
Digital production: approx. 870 sqm


Old rifle factory
Commercial residential: approx. 5,680 sqm




New building
Versatile use: approx. 1,010 sqm
Laboratory / manufacture: approx. 5,030 sqm
Digital production: approx. 2,200 sqm


New building
Versatile use: approx. 760 sqm
Laboratory / manufacture: approx. 3,100 sqm
Digital production: approx. 1,260 sqm

hybrid-timber construction

Facing the water, a hybrid-timber construction with ceiling heights of up to 4 meters can create a distinct accent.

ceiling height

The second new building, with a ceiling height of up to 4 meters, connects with the surroundings.

ceiling load

Ceiling loads of up to 7.5 tons enable real commercial use.


The listed heritage buildings are undergoing comprehensive revitalization, some of which includes airy extensions.


For around 300 years, the area on the banks of the Havel has been used as a production site. The future use at Zitadellenweg builds directly on this DNA.

The location offers excellent opportunities for Production 4.0, prototyping, research and development, both digital and analog manufacturing, and much more.


Modern industrial workplaces and logistics concepts aligned with GMP guidelines can be realized on the site just as naturally as laboratories with biological safety levels S1 to S3.

And New Work concepts with spaces for meetings and events also find their individual space here.

An extraordinary highlight is the opportunity to build 120 commercial residential units in the loft building at the entrance to the area: perfect for new employees and out-of-town guests.


HAVEL LABS laboratories with biological safety levels S1 to S3.
HAVEL LABS Modern industrial workplaces and logistics concepts
ARE Austrian Real Estate

ARE Austrian Real Estate is a real estate company specializing in office, residential, and development properties. It has a portfolio of over 580 existing properties and around 35 projects in development. As a landlord of approximately 1.9 million square meters of building space with an IFRS Fair Value of around 4.2 billion EUR (2022), ARE stands for a high degree of stability, security, and quality.

The development of attractive neighborhoods that meet the demands of the future is one of ARE's core competencies. The company places a strong emphasis on the highest sustainability standards and a commitment to climate protection in its operations. ARE's comprehensive expertise, from planning to implementation to management, allows the company to reliably meet complex requirements, making it a leading player in the management and development of high-quality and forward-thinking real estate.


Central City Group Logo

The core business of the Central City Group is the realization of environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable real estate projects. As project developers, we create contemporary living spaces that provide people with a home and, furthermore, enable needs-oriented and climate-neutral work. With the founding of Insider Apartments as a dormitory operator for students from all over the world, we have been successfully leveraging Berlin's potential as an educational hub for over 10 years. To date, we have accommodated over 10,000 young people of different faiths and nationalities.

In addition, our service company is responsible for the management and maintenance as well as the operation of the technical facilities and equipment of our existing buildings. Strategy and implementation are handled by experts from our group, a team of managers, lawyers, architects, sociologists, researchers, IT experts, facility managers, and craftsmen.



Contact: Alexander Kollo · +49 173 5782540 · kollo@centralcity.de

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