THINK-CAMPUS - Offices in Potsdam for Rent


Alongside Silicon Valley, the THINK CAMPUS is the world's largest centre of innovation for Germany's most successful software group - SAP. Here, developers, designers and strategists work on innovations in the fields of artificial intelligence and blockchain.

"Great colleagues, beautiful location and awesome facilities,” writes one SAP innovation centre employee on the web, "best place to think," says another. SAP opened its first innovation centre on the THINK CAMPUS in 2013. Success breeds obligation, and the next SAP innovation centres on the THINK CAMPUS are already being planned with a view to promoting out-of-the-box thinking.

According to SAP, around 300 specialists from 20 nations are now advancing "game-changing solutions”. There’s method to their thinking and it’s called "Design Thinking”. Software solutions based on the HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance) development platform are developed and refined by interdisciplinary teams in agile processes and by means of the open exchange of ideas. An international infrastructure and a creative working environment are 'musts’ for this way of working. This is so good at the THINK CAMPUS that the business magazine "Capital” named the site among the best innovation centres in Germany.

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The THINK CAMPUS is the science location in Germany. Per head of the population, no other city in Germany can boast more scientists than the science city of Potsdam.

Whether world-famous scientists, such as Albert Einstein, Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt and Herrmann von Helmholtz, pioneers such as Otto Lilienthal or the Nobel Prize winners for Physics at the Max-Planck-Institute, who recently measured the gravitational waves in the universe which emanated from two colliding black holes - Potsdam is full of the spirit of discovery.

More than 10,000 people work in Potsdam's scientific institutions. Almost 25,000 young people study at Potsdam's universities. And then there’s the more than 62,000 virtual students from over 160 countries whom the Hasso-Plattner-Institute has thus far succeeded in enrolling by means of its "openHPI" offering. The state capital offers excellent conditions for investment. The unique blend of world heritage with science and industry, of tradition and high tech, of the markish cultural landscape and Mediterranean flair - that's Potsdam. Right next door to the capital and metropolis, Berlin, the city offers a high quality of life and all the structural requirements of a modern science and business location: powerful infrastructure, a source of a highly qualified workforce, a wide range of interesting locations on offer and knowledge, knowledge, knowledge.

The academic institutions in and around Potsdam alone read like a "Who's Who" of the German research elite:

Universities, institutes and faculties in Potsdam (excerpt):

  • Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
  • Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)
  • Brandenburgisches Institut für Existenzförderung und Mittelstandsförderung (BIEM)
  • Deutscher Wetterdienst
  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY . Forschungszentrum der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
  • Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung
  • Einstein Forum
  • Erich Pommer Institut für Medienrecht, Medienwirtschaft und Medienforschung
  • Fachhochschule Potsdam - University of Applied Science
  • Fachhochschule für Sport und Management
  • Forschungsinstitut Bioaktive Polymersysteme FI biopos
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung IAP
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik (IBMT)
  • Fraunhofer Einrichtung für Polymermaterialien und Composite PYCO
  • Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut / Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit / Institut für Epidemiologie
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam / Geo Forschungs Zentrum (GFZ)
  • Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik
  • Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen „Konrad Wolf” (HFF)
  • Hofbauer Berufsakademie
  • Institut Berufsforschung und Unternehmensplanung Medien (IBF)
  • Institut für Dünnschichttechnologie und Mikrosensorik (IDM)
  • Institut für eGovernment (IFG)
  • Institut for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • Institut für Biomaterialforschung - Helmholtz-Zentrum
  • Institut für Binnenfischerei
  • Institut für Getreideverarbeitung
  • International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS)
  • Internationales Zentrum der Wissenschaften Potsdam (IBZ)
  • International Software Quality Institute (iSQl)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik (ATB)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik (AIP)
  • Leibniz Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenanbau (IGZ)
  • Leibniz Zentrum für Agrarlandforschung (ZALF)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (AEI)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung (MPIKG)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie (MPI-MP)
  • Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien (MMZ)
  • Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)
  • Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt Potsdam (SVA)
  • Stirling Technologie Institut (STIP)
  • The European Office - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Universität Potsdam
  • Zentrum für Film- und Fernsehproduzenten
  • Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr (ZMSBw)
  • Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF)
  • Filmuniversität Babelsberg
  • HPI - Hasso Plattner Institut for Digital Engineering
  • Internationale Schulen und mehrsprachige Kitas

Universities, institutes and faculties in Berlin (excerpt):

  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Free University
  • Technical University
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Technology and Economics
  • Beuth University of Technology
  • School of Economics and Law (HWR)
  • The Federal College for Public Administration
  • Business School Berlin


On the THINK CAMPUS, everything is directed towards the development of innovations by interdisciplinary thinkers and agile processes. This methodology of innovation management, also known as design thinking, is taught in Potsdam at the HPI - the Hasso-Plattner-Institute - and deployed throughout the world. The tools: every single specialist. The goal: solving new problems by means of inter-disciplinary thinking.

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The THINK CAMPUS is located among lakes, forests, gardens, palaces, parks and islands - a location that is unique in Germany. This cultural landscape, which has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO, is probably the most beautiful place in the world to think.

Situated in the metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg, the state capital of Potsdam is, by virtue of its historical, cultural and international importance as a science location, a highly attractive and dynamic location. Right next door to the capital and metropolis that is Berlin, the university city offers both families, professionals and students a very high quality of life and all the structural requirements of a modern business location.

The THINK CAMPUS is nestled in the markish cultural landscape by the “Jungfernsee” lake. The natural environment and the location by the Jungfernsee benefits both concentration and relaxation. The site creates a perfect balance between work and relaxation and is also able to boast very good transport connections. This is the case whether arriving by car or by public transport.


eBay, PayPal, Oracle, Arvato, SAP, General Motors, Volkswagen - global companies have already opted for the science location of Potsdam with a view to developing and implementing their digital strategies. For example, Volkswagen AG selected the science location of Potsdam, rather than Wolfsburg, as the site for the VW Future Centre and the VW Design Centre for their global brands, Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Lamborghini, Porsche and Bentley.


The WorkHubs on the THINK CAMPUS are smart buildings - automated and intelligent. For example, the façade was designed as a vertically structured panel façade with generous glazing and axially controllable sun protection elements - all to provide maximum natural light for every work station.

The office areas in WorkHub No. 1 are arranged around a central, split hall. One part of this interior space is a 4-storey atrium with grandstand-style stairs; the other area is designed as a free 2-storey community area topped by a roof terrace. The resulting interior courtyard areas are at the users’ and the community's disposal.

The upper areas are accessed via the ground-floor hall by means of two elevators, situated opposite one another, and via the spacious staircase. In the northern area, the rental units on the upper floors are connected to the safety stairwell and in the southern area, to the two necessary staircases.

The building is designed so flexibly that, in addition to offices sized around 400 m², open co-working office spaces with Sharedesk offerings of every size can also be arranged. This offering might, for example, be supplemented by a café, a shop, a 3D lab as a workshop area and multi-functional rooms for workshops, events, seminars and meetings.

The offices are planned as self-contained units and as open-plan offices with a total size of around 400 m²; subdivision into cellular offices in an axis grid of 1.35 m is, however, also possible. The approximately 400 m² units can also be grouped together to form larger units depending on the needs of the user.

The building is located is accessible from the ground floor and barrier-free. All the floors can be reached by at least one elevator (Payload 1,200 kg / 15 persons, Speed 1.0 m/s, High Performance Doors with B= 1.0 m). The areas specified for the general public or publicly accessible areas on the ground floor are built to be barrier-free in accordance with the relevant regulations (pursuant to§ 50 BbgBO, DIN 18040-1 and 18024).

On the ground floor, there is a wheelchair-accessible WC, for both employees and visitors to the THINK CAMPUS. All doors to generally accessible recreational rooms (MFF 2 surfaces) have a clearance dimension of at least 1.00 m, elevator doors min. 1.00 m. Switch heights and control panels (e.g. of elevators) etc. are arranged at a standard height.

WorkHub No. 1 Fit-out standards 1 (extract):

Walls: Reinforced concrete walls / columns
Ceilings: Reinforced concrete ceiling
Floor: Carpeting (alternative coverings, upon special request) on anhydrite cavity floors with an average installation height of 15cm (in-floor tanks possible within the scope of the tenant fit-out)
Partitions: Drywall construction approx. 15.5 cm (F90, 53 dB), Q2 smoothed and ready-painted.
Doors: Interior doors with wooden tubular chipboard door panels and painted steel wrap-around frame fittings in aluminium
Heating: Underfloor convectors in the area of the external facades.
Natural ventilation: Office areas on the exterior façade and atrium façade via window sashes
Partial air conditioning systems: Basic ventilation with 2-fold air exchange for internal office areas on the atrium. The ventilation systems are intended for heating and cooling of the outside air (design parameters are provided in accordance with DIN, in summer +32C° and in winter -14 C°). Supply and exhaust air via rectangular, visibly laid ducts made of galvanised sheet metal.
Lighting: General lighting of 100 lx as ceiling lights in the axis grid


The ensemble of WorkHubs No. 1 und No. 2 on the THINK CAMPUS has been developed for start-ups and for companies. Both of these groups lack one thing: time. The individually configurable working worlds in combination with extensive amenities and services provide the ready-to-use world of work of tomorrow - Plug and Play. To save even more time, individual fitting-out of offices is also possible.


On the THINK CAMPUS, companies and innovations are supported economically. Individual funding programs from the federal government, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the state government are the accelerators for business models and innovations.

Berlin-Brandenburg is one of Europe's metropolitan regions with the most research institutes, most universities and colleges and a variety of technology centres and business incubators.

Ideal conditions exist here for tech companies, including a well-developed infrastructure for start-ups and innovation-driven companies, a high proportion of qualified employees and a wide range of possibilities for co-operation between science and industry.

The funding programs of the federal state of Brandenburg act as particular driving factor for the dynamic growth of the region. The economic support programme provided by the state of Brandenburg (WFBB) exclusively advises companies in the THINK CAMPUS on the selection of appropriate investment and funding programmes.

The well-networked and committed team also offers assistance in terms of the necessary approval procedures, provides help in the development of co-operative relationships and acts as a point of contact for issues such as specialist workers, training and work-life balance. It also supports companies in the THINK CAMPUS with regard to market development.

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Throughout its history, Potsdam has been the science location for Berlin Brandenburg. Alongside the universities, research and innovation centres, the Max-Planck-Institutes, the Leibniz Institutes, the Fraunhofer-Institutes and the Helmholtz-Institutes are partners in knowledge transfer at the THINK CAMPUS in Potsdam.

Potsdam is a lively and tradition-rich city; a place where it's fun to live and work. It’s not just families and children but also tourists and students who find the state capital an inspiring place to be. Scientists and global companies also relocate to Potsdam. The universities and non-university research institutions make the city a science location of international importance. The economic development has been a success story; the city is a prominent economic location with a high degree of attraction and dynamics. The interplay between science and economics gives rise to industry expertise, which lends the location a unique and future-oriented profile.


High-speed performance through the use of fibre glass technology - the THINK CAMPUS provides enterprises with communication and data solutions and a pure fibre glass network from Deutsche Telekom allows companies bandwidths of up to 1,000 MBit/s for up and downloading.


Intelligent doors secure and open all areas of the THINK CAMPUS. This intelligent access control via RFID transponders and PINs allows the companies on the THINK CAMPUS to digitally issue various levels of security for teams and employees - with a high level of security.


Quentin Tarrantino, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen, Bill Murray and Tom Hanks often work right in the vicinity of the THINK CAMPUS - in the Babelsberg Studio - the largest film studio in Europe (and the oldest in the world).

The Babelsberg Media City is connected to the THINK CAMPUS - over 2,000 people work here on the future of the film and media industry. The Babelsberg Studio is the oldest film studio in the world; Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder laid the foundation stone here for a high-tech industry, which today produces and distributes global blockbusters like Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Conspiracy, The First Avenger or Homeland on a worldwide basis.

The Babelsberg Studio is an innovation driver in the development of media technologies, for example, in the fields of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). To get ideas to become reality, the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute developed the technological prerequisites for being able to scan people and objects in the FX studios - meaning that in the future, viewers will able to choose their own camera angle.


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