In order to describe the background to the Scandic Opalen project, we need to take a trip back in time to 1955. Plans for a large hotel in Gothenburg had been discussed for a long time, but it was not until this year that the city made land available and decided to be the developer for the project.
The original building was constructed between 1962-1964 and the hotel’s curved building attracted great attention and became a landmark with its 11 floors. 2009 5 additional floors where added to the building.
The common areas of the hotel have been changed several times in order to reflect the trends of different decades. Scandic Opalen is primarily profiled as a conference hotel, but it is perhaps best known for having had Jimi Hendrix as a guest in the beginning of 1968 when he visited the city for a gig. The night before the gig he saw as an opporutnity for a party and the night ended with him vandalising his hotel room.
When it was time to renovate the common spaces once again it was obvious to take the hotel’s long history into consideration and let it be the core of the project.
The concept that governed the project was “the hotel’s 60’s aura, facade frieze and Jimi Hendrix somewhat drunk visit.” The aim was to give back the hotel its spirit and pride.
The challenge with the project was to create a strong and sustainable hotel concept that had the facade frieze as basis – an enamel plate that the Danish enamel artist Inger Hanmann developed when the hotel was first built.
Senab was commissioned to implement the interior design concept at Scandic Opalen’s lobby, reception, bar-bistro, restaurant, conference rooms and conference lounge.
Forget storytelling, truth telling in 60’s look with scandinavian elegance and graphic lines with a modern touch is what you will find in this hotel.
The faced’s form and colors are immediately visible as you enter the lobby where a concrete border leads the guests to the reception desk. The long reception desk in illuminated opal glass gives the concept its identity. The bar was also created in opal glass och brass, further on, a wall is also illuminated in the same material with a locker system made in flat steel.
The restaurant has a custommade luminaire “Opalen” that reflects the 60’s stylish interior architecture. The 60’s feeling continues into the conference lounge where the walls are covered with inlarged photos from this era.
Senab actaulized Abako architects’ concept based on the hotel’s long history. Senab’s logistic department has delivered and assembled both fixed and loose furniture on all common areas of the hotel.