From 2020 to 2023, Cotes had the privilege to have its HQ at the far end of the island of Aarhus Ø, Mariane Thomsens Gade 2f, 11, which has developed enormously in recent years. The newer part of the city merges with the rest of the town and has its own charm with an up-and-coming waterfront, modern buildings and even a wakeboarding station for the more adventurous at heart.
The 2020-2023 location of Cotes HQ was in an office complex called 'Pakhusene Aarhus'. For the developers of Pakhusene Aarhus, it was important to create a sense of community for the different companies and spaces to come together in a sustainable, modern building with Danish architecture. Residing in an office complex with a sustainability focus was a very important and pleasant experience for Cotes' employees as it aligns with the company's values.
A bird's eye view of the office at night. [NOTE: The lights were turned on for the purpose of the photoshoot and normally are set on a timer to save energy.)
For the more adventurous types, there are many water activities for colleagues, friends and family around the harbour area. However, the "Death Diving" bellyflop competition is not everyone's cup of tea.
More than just an office
Every Friday early in the morning, there was a tradition of winter bathing. Only the bravest of the Vikings among us had the courage to swim in the cold waters of the North Sea. But why winter bathing?
Winter bathing is a popular phenomenon in Denmark with a huge history. Danes love their cold dips, so much so that they even have an entire festival dedicated to it. Believe it or not, winter swimming is associated with health and well-being, with benefits for both the body and the soul.
Although scarce, some research has shown that winter bathing can strengthen the immune system and speed up blood circulation, improve skin health and tone, among other key benefits. An icy dip releases adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin, cortisol and dopamine, which gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling.
"It gives me a healthy energy boost for the rest of the day. You can't help it but feeling relaxed while you are in the water. And I also get to spend some quality time with my colleagues", says Dann Berner Schultz, Cotes Project Manager for Lithium
But remember, do it safely. Never swim on your own, listen to your instincts and be aware of the risk of fainting.
Image [from left to the right]: Dann Berner Schultz, Asger Emil Jørgensen, Morten Hebsgaard and Jesper Lund Jørgensen having an early winter swim next to the Cotes HQ.
Take a tour inside the office
Another sunny day in Aarhus (Disclaimer: the sun does not always shine 😅)
A regular day at the office solving humidity issues with our R&D department.
Cotes' adsorption dehumidifiers on display. Explore dry-air solutions.
Where we met for coffee and Tuesday breakfast with fresh bread from the bakery.
Where big ideas took flight. We often gather in person and online with our production team in Poland and Denmark or early mornings with our team in China.
In winter, the team used to get together to jump in the water just outside the office complex. [It is a Danish thing]
Friday bar with a view. What's not to like?