Hotel Draken soars to become Gothenburg’s new landmark


MagiCAD Group

MEP Design

Hotel Draken (“Dragon”), in Gothenburg, Sweden, rose quickly into a city landmark and is a unique addition to its cityscape.

Construction on the hotel started in September 2019 and the project was a close collaboration between the property group Fastighets AB Balder, hotel company Nordic Choice Hotels and Folkets Hus association. In October 2023 the hotel welcomed its first guests and restaurant visitors hungry for the magnificent views.

Draken is Gothenburg’s tallest hotel and 104 meters up on floors 33 and 34, a restaurant and rooftop bar with panoramic windows offer a magnificent view of the city and its harbor entrance.

The Hotel Draken project started in 2019 and includes both new construction and reconstruction of an existing lower section. The new construction consists of the tall main building, which includes the hotel, conference spaces and restaurants, and the reconstructed section houses the Folkets Hus association and its historic cinema Draken.

WSP in charge of electrical design

WSP became involved in the project early on, already in the start-up phase in 2019, with responsibility for the overall electrical design. The project started with early system documentation and calculations for the various electrical systems. Tobias Johansson, Managing Designer for electrical engineering at WSP, and his team started with general system and schematic drawings for the main parts of the hotel. The next step was drawing up construction documents after which the project went out to tender and WSP was awarded the contract. Now, it was time to draw all the details into the design, and since the team had previously worked in MagiCAD for AutoCAD, the choice of design platform was easy.

“Every project is unique, but because we had used MagiCAD for AutoCAD in a similar hotel project, Hotel The Weaver, in Mölndal, the previous year, we knew that we could rely on the fact that we already work fluently in the software. We needed to know that we could work efficiently from day one to save maximum time and resources.”

MagiCAD for design, calculations, and coordination

A particular challenge in the project was how to fit all the lighting fixtures and cable ladders in the hotel’s narrow corridors. Coordination between different disciplines was essential in the project so that all the needed system elements could be fitted into the limited space above the ceiling. This also required WSP to be able to easily select accurate BIM objects, something that worked well in MagiCAD. Calculations were done to millimeter accuracy in order to ensure needed space. Tobias and his team used MagiCAD Electrical for AutoCAD for design, calculations, and coordination and one key solution was to draw up a number of room types that could then be copied to different places.

A familiar tool

MagiCAD for AutoCAD is a very easy tool for coordination,” says Tobias. “Even sharing and exporting files between different disciplines and software applications has been easy and smooth.

Collision checking and model coordination were done as a final step in the project by a dedicated BIM coordinator.

Tobias sums up the experience of working once again in MagiCAD for AutoCAD.

For us, there were no other options on the table besides using MagiCAD for AutoCAD. The software is smooth and intuitive, and based on previous experience of how well it works in this type of large-scale project, we felt confident in letting MagiCAD help us reach our goals.

Foto: Bert Leandersson och Erik Nissen Johansen