WHERE HEARING AIDS ARE MADE
Where are hearing aids made? Where do they come up with the ideas for hearing technology? There are big things happening in a small country in Europe…
In 2007, in a sleepy town outside of Copenhagen, a mighty giant began to emerge from the earth. Some say it looked like a flying saucer – others thought it was more like a Frisbee. To those who worked at Widex it was known as one thing: home.
It took three years for Widex’ massive 35.000 m² (3,251 ft²) headquarters to be built and its design was anything but ordinary. According to architect Lars Rath, who helped design the building, Widex HQ was meant to blend in with the gently rolling hills and pastures of Lynge, Denmark.
“The landscape is so vast and beautiful in this area that the building should just lie on the ground pushed gently into the hill – like a monolith with precisely cut wedges,” he said.
It was also designed to make as little impact on its surrounding environment as possible. Among many environmentally friendly measures, the building has a geothermal system that uses groundwater as a heat reservoir to store an entire years’ worth of heating and cooling. A windmill rises above it to deliver more power annually than Widex headquarters uses in total. Not only does this make the headquarters completely CO2-neutral - it also allows Widex to deliver excess power to the electricity grid, providing a CO2-free contribution to the local area.
From cradle to grave, new hearing aids are conceptualized, produced, and serviced in this vast and bright building. For the people who work to create digital hearing aids inside these walls, the building has more than lived up to its promises.