About Us

What is HoFaLab?

HoFaLab is your digital workshop to learn and make things yourself in your neighborhood.

A “Fab Lab” (Fabrication Laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. A Fab Lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab_lab)

HoFaLab is part of the Fab Lab network, as well as a founding member of the association Fab City Hamburg e.V.

Who is HoFaLab?

HoFaLab is operated by the  HoFaLab e.V. association, and its members.

HoFaLab members are coming from a diverse group, such as media artists fascinated by technology, musicians, social economists, computer scientists or engineers. The beauty of HoFaLab is that people from diverse backgrounds, all enthusiasts about the liberalization of the means of production and spreading the knowledge of how to do that. We come together to create and realize ideas and to spread what we’ve learned through workshops and teaching.

Why start HoFaLab?

HoFaLab is open to (Media-)Artists, Tinkerers and anyone interested.

HoFaLab is since 2019, a place for creative production & artistic research. In everyday life, we want to learn to set technology in a self-determined and responsible way. We are the middle point for people with and without expertise. We focus on the shared experience of the practice. For that purpose, we promote through workshops the appropriation of new technology and production in the neighborhood.

We are therefore committed to the 3 following principles:


Use those technologies to explore new creative approaches and develop artistic languages.


Bring a new laboratory in the district to share basic knowledge about digital technologies.


Enable and inspire the neighborhood in order to raise awareness about local issues.

Where is it happening?

HoFaLab is located in Hamburg, Germany. More specifically in the Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg.

You can find a detailed journey to reach HoFaLab  on our contact page.

Map: © OpenStreetMap contributors

When is it happening?

HoFaLab is open every Tuesday from 18:00.

Furthermore, we regularly organize events on weekends.

Please visit our Events page and Calendar for more details 🙂

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