Six years ago, I lived in the lovely, but densely populated Berlin-Mitte (center) area. Then I moved closer to the river, just a 20 minute ride away and realized, how much more that improved my well-being.
But what would come of this experience, I was yet to find out.
At first, I just wanted even more nature, so I started to explore the region around Berlin’s vicinity. Much to my amazement, I discovered Europe’s largest network of inland waterways including 180 kilometers of navigable canals and 1700 bridges, all set in a glorious landscape boasting dense forests, rich meadows, and terrific views!
Now it slowly dawned on me, the idea of a new way of living: Why can’t there be mobile houses that can be situated on solid ground as well as on water, that seamlessly blend into their surroundings and can be utilized as a weekend home as well as a permanent residence?
Wouldn’t that be great?
I was sure that a life closer to nature would have the same positive effect on everyone else, as it had on me. But how? I started to dig deeper into the challenge. Finally, I discovered the outstanding work of Slovenian architects, who had already put a lot of thought into the principle of mobile living.
I founded the company LTG Lofts-to-go, which later bought the rights and promoted the technical assistant to the position of technical director, where he was able to realize all of his creative and technical potential. The result of his work, so far, is the various different models that we can now offer and produce in two facilities in Europe and Asia.
Apparently, we stirred a sleeping market. So many people seemed to have waited for something just like the coodo. Now orders are coming in, for floating versions, as well as for land-based ones and at this point for all sizes we are offering.
We now offer our clients a range of nine different coodo versions for various uses and applications.
Our work is far from done. The coodo’s aim, you remember, is to relieve stress. This also requires the right location for the coodo. So we started scouting for the perfect sites throughout the world.
The possibilities for placing coodos are nearly unlimited. We started coodoshare, which will make it easier to buy coodos as a group. We are designing concepts for coodoresorts, as holiday destinations. For more specific applications, we are also building a smaller coodo, the coodo 9, which can function as a sleeping room, an office space, a ticket or vending booth, a sauna, a studio and much more.
Step by step, our dream of a new, stress-free life close to nature is coming true – for us, for you, for everybody.
Our hope, is that perhaps the coodo will even bring nature back to the city. Coodos , may be situated on flat roofs of other buildings, amidst their own private garden, in urban gardening projects, or as a communicative hub in public parks, such as London’s Hyde Park.
Do I still have butterflies in my stomach? You bet! With the coodo, we are taking a route nobody has taken before, because serial production for mobile modules with design approach, is a brand new territory.
But when I see the sheer elation in the eyes of people who see the coodo for the first time, I positively know that we are on the right track!
The coodo isn’t the largest thing out there, you know.
But it makes a huge impression!
Or, as it is stated in the old German folk tune my children like to sing around our house:
“To be happy, you don’t need much. But if you’re happy, you are king!”
Mark Dare Schmiedel
PS: I want to thank my family, my friends, the coodo team and everybody who supported us. Without you, all this would never have been possible.