Modern working environment in a historic building: Real estate service provider CBRE’s new headquarters in former Schickler building in Berlin

Three become one: Real estate service provider CBRE has combined three of its four Berlin offices in one new location and moved into two floors of the modernized Schickler building in central Berlin. Flexible working environments with new technologies were created there on around 4,200 square meters, enabling collegial exchange, social interaction and collaborative work as well as concentrated, focused work at individual workstations. AIMOTION was able to support CBRE’s office project with lighting control components and their programming.


The new concept for the 5th and 6th floors was preceded by a workplace analysis in which the Berlin project team CBRE Design Collective determined the requirements and desired elements for the new working environment. CBRE also took on the subsequent planning and design of the new premises itself.

This resulted in flexible, open space concepts that support the creativity of the employees and enable them to work comfortably – including a table foosball and yoga classes on the huge roof terrace with a view of the Spree and Alexanderplatz.


The Schickler-Bau, a historic building dating from 1910, was extended as part of the office project development known as “BEAM”, and the superstructure was fitted with a glass facade.


CBRE attached great importance to sustainability for its new company headquarters. For this reason, the decision was made to develop something new in an existing property – the BEAM – rather than a new building. The resource-saving LED lighting is also part of this sustainability concept.


Among other things, the new CBRE office has 20 conference rooms, various meeting rooms for client meetings, individual workstations, lockers, showers and even two wellness studios for employees.


According to CBRE, the BEAM in Berlin is thus a successful example of how spaces can be adapted to the different needs of employees – and not the other way around.

Design and planning: CBRE Design Collective

Photos: CBRE/Daniel Moeck