Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Ship Digital Office Building in Ehrenfeld District of Cologne

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On May 24, 2018 the official Groundbreaking Ceremony of the innovative digital office building with mayoress of the City of Cologne, Henriette Reker took place. It is being built next to the office building Alte Wagenfabrik, at the intersection of Vitalisstrasse and Vogelsanger Strasse. Both buildings together are intended to enhance Cologne’s startup scene under the name The Ship.

The new build with a gross floor area of more than 13,000 square meters will provide space for around 500 workplaces. The initiator and principal of the project is the trio of entrepreneurs who co-founded FOND OF GmbH, which is well known due to the success of the ergobag schoolbag brand. The company has grown so strongly in recent years that the trio would now like to create new space for developing potential. Through The Ship, they intend to establish a place for promoting inspiration and synergies. In this respect, The Ship forms a bridge between tradition (Alte Wagenfabrik, built in 1926) and innovation (new build). Together with Drees & Sommer as partner for the technical building facilities, digitization and workplace consulting, the architectural firm Müller Architecture and Zechbau as general contractor, the start-up company will complete the building by the end of 2019.

The concept of The Ship directly addresses the needs of individuals. It is intended to bring the principles of New Work to life, along with the requirement for sustainability, functionality, design and quality.