about us

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the story

Hi, we are the coodo team and we want to introduce you to our founder Mark. Listen to his inspiring story of the birth of the coodo:

“Six years ago, I lived in the diverse and densely populated Berlin-Mitte, which is downtown Berlin. Then I moved 20-minutes away closer to the river, only to realize how much more my well-being had improved. However, the greatness of this realization was yet to be discovered!

I just wanted to be close to 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 stretching up to 180 kilometers of navigable canals and 1.700 bridges, all set in a glorious landscape boasting dense forests, rich meadows, and terrific views!

Gradually, the idea of an innovative way of living dawned upon me: Why can’t we have mobile houses that can be placed on solid ground or even on water? Which seamlessly blends into their surroundings and can be utilized as a weekend home as well as a permanent residence. Wouldn’t that be great?

I was certain that a life closer to nature has a positive result on everybody, and I wanted to make it accessible for all people. I, being curious, took up the challenge and dug deeper. Finally, I discovered the outstanding work of Slovenian architects, who had already put a lot of thought into the principles of mobile living. Consequently, I founded LTG Lofts to go, which later bought the rights and started to work with a small team to develop the fundamentals of the mobile living industry.

Apparently, we stirred a sleeping market. Promptly we realized there were so many people out there waiting for the coodo. Currently we are offering four coodo versions for numerous occasions and purposes. Also the diverse possibilities for placing coodos are almost infinite.

Our work is far from done, as this is just the beginning. We are working with great motivation on new technologies and innovations like smart home solutions and integrating any other IoT gadgets. Sustainability is super important to us. We are in the last stages of developing our Self-Sustainability-Unit (SSU) to make the coodos self-sufficient and off-grid-ready. Everything is being driven by the coodo philosophy to relieve stress by being close to nature and enjoying the minimalistic approach of living.

We even started to be successful with it. The jury of the AAP Amercian Architecture Award recognised our ambitions and visions and thus honored LTG Lofts to go with the AAP American Architecture Award 2017.

Apart from the development of the coodos itself we have some quite inspiring projects running. Soon we will be able to share more about our exciting project coodoshare and we are planning several coodoresorts in different parts of the world.

Altogether, we chase our dream of a stress-free life and living close to nature and it is turning more and more into a reality – for us, for you, for everybody. One single coodo unit itself isn’t the largest unit out there, we know. But it can have a huge impact.

 

Hamburg, 15.08.2018

Mark Dare Schmiedel

a perfect combination

Mark Dare Schmiedel

CEO & Founder

Mark loves to communicate and to network. He is passionate about bringing people, their talents and ideas together to realise new projects. Mark leaves his footprints in topics he’s fascinated about: Media and Architecture/Design.

Early, during his apprenticeship as a certified bank clear, Mark realized that he would rather sell the bank building instead of stocks and bonds. Thus, in 1992, he started his real estate career by establishing branches of Engel & Völkers in Bavaria. In his first year he tripled the turnover.

In 1997 he expanded his field of expertise to the media industry and excelled as an assistant show producer at CNN in New York, for “Bizz Buzz” on CNNfn.

When he returned to Germany, he applied his know-how to a variety of clients, as an independent media advisor. In this capacity, he developed customer relationship management (CRM) systems, as well as strategic marketing communications.

He founded the MSM Marketing agency, with offices in Munich and Hamburg and managed acquisition and distribution transactions for various media clients.

In 2000, Mark opened another office in Berlin, where he focused on consulting for the flourishing internet industry. Simultaneously, he organized a series of popular events for both public and private clients and conceptualized one of the first cross-media television talent shows by the name of Screentalents.

Screentalents was bought shortly after, by a subsidiary of United Visions.

Since then Mark considers designing, an interplay of communication between brands, media and distribution, as his professional forte.

In 2006, Mark co-founded “Berlincalling”, one of the first interactive IT-database platforms, that enabled independent video artists and producers to promote and sell their content to aggregators and consumers. The platform was soon bought by Aperto, a subsidiary of Scholz & Friends.

His passion for buildings re-aroused while he was building his own home at the Rummelsburg Bay in Berlin. The idea for a new project was born: A home, in the middle of nature, for living and working, combined with mobility, design and sustainability. Why not create a living space, which could combine all of those demands of a modern society in one single structure?

In October 2012 Mark founded LTG Lofts to go to make his idea come true. With LTG he sets benchmarks in the way we live and work. He creates user-centred products with the advantage for the customers to use their spare time more efficiently: He knows that sustainability starts in the mindset of people. The more balanced they are, the more they will achieve for their environment.

The improved coodo also won the AAP American Architecture Prize 2017 and the Gold prize in Architecture - Mobile Homes category at the International Design Awards in 2019

Jens Rosenthal

Director Resorts and Brands

Jens loves what he is doing now for almost 30 years: bringing together brands and people from a variety of industries. He is fascinated by digging into options for two or more (brand) partners in regards to ideas, media, marketing, communications, sales, brand and product development and overall success. His main footprints he left in tourism, as a partner of tourism destinations worldwide, is how he connected them with brand partners of all kind in order to get them communicated and advertised in different disciplines and channels.

After a short but great acting career, Jens studied Tourism, Marketing and Management in Germany and the USA from 1990-95. He worked as a Kids and Seniors Animator in the Harz uplands, as an Incentive Planner for a travel agency in Hamburg, as the co-boss for the TUI service on Fuerteventura before moving to TUI headquarters in Hanover in 1996. There, Jens started his networking focus by developing bonds and partnerships between TUI and environmental groups like Greenpeace, WWF or PETA.

In 1999 he followed the call of Queen Elizabeth II and started working for the Canadian Government as a Business Developer, PR & Media Specialist and Cross Marketing Manager for the Canadian Tourism Commission - the national tourism office to foster visitation/holidays from Germany to Canada. Brand co-ops with Porsche on the IMAX film „Top Speed“, several co-ops with 20th Century Fox, The North Face, Panasonic and many other world-class brands stressed his ability to understand brands marketing and communication needs and the perfect path to success.

10 years after, Canada got too small for him and he moved the world by setting up the agency „Weltmeyster“. For 10 years now he invented substantial marketing, media and guerrilla campaigns for brands and tourism destinations.

Since 2020 - and also before - he is a passionate member of the coodo movement and is responsible for brands, sales, media and resorts at LTG Lofts to go head office in Hamburg, operating from Hamburg and Cologne. Setting up coodo resorts in Germany, in Europe and worldwide together with investors, land owners, tourism companies and super brands is his main focus in order to accelerate sales for LTG and associated partners.

Klaus Schierbeck

Finance & Accounting

Klaus couldn’t let the opportunity to be a part of the coodo story pass after Mark introduced him to his vision for coodo. Luckily Klaus can resort on many years of experience in financing and controlling.

After completing his studies of economics Klaus worked in many different industries where he always had management positions. For example he participated in the FMCG sales business and worked as an authorized IT salesman for IBM. For many years Klaus Schierbeck also supervised doctors and dentists in the field of fee accounting and factoring. This sharpened Klaus’ knowledge and skills regarding this specific field. Until mid-2017 he had the position of the CEO of the BFM Bundesverband Factoring für den Mittelstand eV in Berlin.

Now as a part of the LTG Lofts to go team Klaus takes care of the financing and accounting of the company. Not only because of his knowledge and skills in his field but also because of his calm and relaxed personality Klaus is a valuable and beloved part of the team.

Nina Hopf

Personal Assistant to the Managing Director

When Nina was offered the position of Personal Assistant to our Managing Director at LTG Lofts to go in the summer of 2019, she did not hesitate to get directly involved. Since then she has been actively assisting and supporting us in client services, back office and human resource management with our ever-growing team. She is fascinated by coodo as a product and cannot wait to see the first coodos of the new generation spread in all corners of the world.
During her training as an office clerk qualifying in Debt Collection/ Foreclosure, Nina quickly realised that she had much more fun organising and managing HR during her time in Human Resources than collecting debts.
After successfully passing her training and working for a few years in the company, Nina decided to complete her training as a HR specialist.
She then moved to the HR department of Kühne und Nagel (AG & Co.) KG at the headquarters in the HafenCity Hamburg, one of the largest international freight forwarders and looks after around 1,300 employees throughout Germany.
Nina loves to stay up to date with state-of-the-art technology and digitisation, which is perfectly in line with LTG's philosophy. Especially the topic of IoT (Internet of Things) where she is constantly tracking the updates. Nina and the team are excited by what the future has in store for coodo.

Jona Marku

Architecture & Engineering

Jona is passionate about sustainable buildings. She is interested in continuing to develop quality, efficiency and sustainability. As an architect and civil engineer, she acts as a valuable bridge between professionals. She takes on new challenges with great enthusiasm and simply loves seeing the finished result.

Her passion and enthusiasm for architecture developed even more after joining the worldwide leading architecture company Foster + Partners, in London and the prestigious Scandinavian company Henning Larsen, in Munich. She ensures sustainable use of resources to protect the environment and believes that outstanding and sustainable designs can make the world a better place.

She completed her studies in Civil Engineering in Ljubljana and Architecture in Copenhagen. However, her ambitions didn’t stop here: during her studies she attended a summer school in Green Building Solutions in Zurich and an exchange program in Urban Planning in Milan. Moreover, she likes being up-to-date with the newest trends in sustainability and technology, which led her to joining LTG.

Besides meeting new cultures, exploring new cuisines and spending time in nature, Jona enjoys helping. She was raised by a family where charity was valued. She volunteered for non-profitable organizations like UNICEF, Caritas and Buddies for Africa, where together with her friends she designed and built schools for children in need in Congo.

Lukasz Gomoluch

Structural Engineering

Lukasz joined the team of LTG Lofts to go in December 2019 after he was offered a position of a structural engineer.

He finished his studies in civil & structural engineering in Gliwice, Poland, not far from where he comes from. His valuable experience in various areas of building engineering was gained while working for a multitask consultancy in Ireland.

After being there for more than three years he decided to move on. When an opportunity of work on an innovative project like coodo occurred, he did not hesitate for too long. While taking care of technical issues connected with the development of coodos he is also committed to helping create a livable and sustainable alternative to traditional building.

Always keen on traveling and curious of the world he willingly moved to Germany to start a new life there. Right now he is busy exploring his new hometown of Hamburg which he finds surprising and fascinating.

George Robinson

Business Development

Originally from the land Down Under, George is our new Business Development Manager here in Hamburg. He brings a wide range of skills and experiences to LTG Lofts to go, having worked in various industries such as market research, account management, finance, insurance etc. He will be in charge expanding the company by setting up new clients, licensees and productions.

George acquired his degree in Economics in the University of Sydney with majors in both resource/environmental economics and statistics. Through his education and having lived in multiples cities throughout his life, he understands the concerns of overcrowding and environmental issue and the increasing demand for flexible working and living space. He is inspired by the simplicity of coodo as a solution while still being modern, sustainable and environmental friendly.

George has always been a globetrotter, taking time to travel and gaining new experience overseas while having a particular interest in different cultures, languages and people. Since his arrival in Germany, he has already visit more than 10 countries in Europe and plans to expand that list further.

Michelle La

Business Development

Michelle is a student trainee who is in charge for the administrative tasks in Business Development. She guides potential licensees through the licensing process while answering every question about the coodo. So, it is very likely that she is your first contact person from the coodo team when you seek more information on our coodos.

Besides administrative tasks, she also takes part in the business integration process of the technical features on the coodos including Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain systems. For Michelle, it is very important to seek a career that focuses on sustainability and solution approaches to societal problems. This is the reason why she joined the LTG Lofts to go team that solves the problem of housing shortage with the coodo as a sustainable solution. Michelle supports LTG Lofts to go’s green future by incorporating technology with sustainability.

Besides her assistance at LTG Lofts to go, Michelle is completing her Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

Fahd Amin

Content & Online Management

The youngest member of our team, Fahd, as a student trainee, is responsible for maintaining and updating the coodo website as well as the coodo blog and our social media accounts

Fahd joined the LTG Lofts to go team because he fell in love with the sleek, modern look of the coodo and more importantly for what it stands for – a smart and sustainable future. Fahd is passionate to help the LTG lofts to go team make this green future a reality.

Alongside his job at LTG Lofts to go, Fahd is also completing his Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Hamburg and wishes, in the future, to pursue a career in marketing and research.

want to join our team? check out our jobs page

the philosophy

Soaking in the stillness, you watch the sun climb over the horizon. Nothing is ringing, beeping or blinking. Nobody bothers you. You can actually finish a thought. Or a dream. Or do nothing at all. Seems a bit strange, at the beginning. But after a while, you will get into it. Find yourself watching a brave little beetle stumble through a jungle of grass.

Follow the shadows of high clouds silently passing over the landscape and then across yourself. All you can hear is tranquility —the singing of the birds, the swaying of the trees. Somewhere, someone is laughing. About what? You don’t know, you don’t care. Which is the best thing about it, anyway.

Follow the shadows of high clouds as they silently pass. You do not have to care about so much all the time. This is the philosophy of “coodoing”

“The word „coodoing” refers to the innovative, modular instant-build concept named “coodo”. The coodo represents a new dimension in residential housing solutions. coodoing is a neologism, combining the product name “coodo” with the act of “doing”. coodoing expresses the act of staying or dwelling inside a coodo, as well as the enjoyment of the feeling of boundless space and freedom that can be felt inside the coodo. coodoing can be understood as the sum of activities, feelings and enjoyment that one can experience inside a coodo.” –  Urban Dictionary

happy testimonials

For many events of ours, the modular and variable event coodos present the ideal solution, since we were looking for a high-quality concept that could be extended – or reduced in size – at any time.

Norbert SchrofnerHead of Event and Sports Marketing at Audi

Over the last two years, we have improved the flood protection of our buildings in Wangen near Dübendorf to higher standards. Accordingly, the landscaping had to be modified as well as re-designed. This opportunity to improve our site overall, included the installation of the new coodo, the first of its kind in Switzerland. coodo stands for an independent, mobile loft ambiance with immediate access to its natural surroundings. The coodo is both a roof over one´s head outside of our buildings, and a place of rest, a retreat for contemplation as well as meaningful conversation. Dynamic work environments require new and innovative methods and practices. This means more space for innovation and creativity, in balance with local resources. I am therefore very pleased to have a coodo at our site and about its instant popularity here. We are currently in winter-mode . . . and I am honestly very excited about the spring-mode . . . not to mention summer in and around our coodo!

Daniel WederCEO – Skyguide