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Gigantic coworking space Hafven opens in Hannover, Germany

Hannover now has its first major coworking space – with attached maker area.

12 Oct. 2016 t3n editorial team

People not only code over plentiful coffee at Hafven; it is also a place where the maker culture can come together.

Hafven, at 2,000 square meters one of Germany's largest coworking and maker spaces according to its operator, opened its doors on Saturday. Press and policymakers were invited to view the space on Friday. Hafven intends to host meetups and workshops that are open not only to its more than 300 members, but also to visitors. And you won't just find the typical image of creatives and entrepreneurs here, complete with their Macbooks and lattes – there is also plenty of hands-on designing and building in the maker space.

Silkscreen and Repair Café

For example, at the Saturday opening the founders of Akkord Studio demonstrated silkscreen techniques. Visitors could learn how to fashion silver jewelry in an open goldsmithing workshop. At the Repair Café, visitors are invited to bring defective toasters, hairdryers, lamps, bicycles or toys along, to repair them together with the team.

For the operators, the focal idea is knowledge sharing. Members can join the community for as little as ten euros. The adjacent Hafven Café is also open to outside visitors. All the furnishings at Hafven come from its own workshops, the operators announced on Friday.