The new owner Sisyfosgruppen AB has invested about 50 million in the hotel, and is now to investigate what to use it for.
– Now we try to get into a bit of life and energy in the area, then we will see what it goes for, " says ceo Olle Larsson.
It is the dawn of the strange complex of the Dragon Gate in the Norduppland and it has become the first of may.
despite the fact that the sun started to become so strong that some visitors sat down to sunbathe up at the 15 meter high buddhist boddhisatva is no sign that the party is about to end.
the , down in the halvdunklet among the 200 terracotta warriors in the natural size, in the lobby, in the restaurant's big dragon boat – everywhere släntrar people around between the various temporary dance floors. Many of them are wearing kimono, and some have glittersmink. Some have a balloon in his hand that sucks in some nitrous oxide from as soon as the spirit falls on.
Dragon gate as the building had probably the worst brand in Sweden almost, " says Martin Andaloussi, economic development director at Älvkarleby municipality.
When Sisyfosgruppen AB last summer bought instead of the owner Jinchun Li, it had been finished in ten years and also died two times, but for the sake of having opened up the doors for some hotel guests. Sisyfosgruppens ceo Olle Larsson said then that he did not really know what they would have it to, but then thought aloud:
" It was someone who wanted to have a rejvparty here a while ago. He has not talked to me in and of itself, but I think we can lend the place to a lot of wacky events to come.
The who dreamed of a rejvparty was Aaron Eklöf, even before sales had started a crowfundingkampanj to be able to finance the idea, however, without success.
" I had read about the Dragon gate in any business magazine and thought it sounded like something from A ding ding world. It was so much unclear, the whole place, " he says.
Aaron Eklöf has a club called the Technobastun. He describes their business as they ”go into the sites and enhance them,” incidentally, is a pretty exact parallel to how also Sisofysgruppen describe their business.
they had been on: A sauna, a sunkhak at Fridhemsplan, a legendary but avsomnad nightclub in Sunderland.Already in about a month, it is time for the next technofest at the Dragon gate. Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT
– We are not based on places or so, but we light them with our presence.
Now running the first real event of the Dragon gate. This is the first time that people are actually sleeping in the hotel rooms.
On the question of whether he believes that this could become a regular event of answer Aaron Eklöf – just as he does on all issues – a little evasive.
" Perhaps, absolutely!!! We'll see what happens next summer. But I honestly do not know if I have the energy. Right now we are thinking about what will be the next place for us to take on. Perhaps The Heron City. Or Notre Dame.
Exciting people looking to the Dragon gate, for it is a strange place, " says Sisyfosgruppens ceo Olle Larsson.
for a new technofest in Dragon Gate, then a tvådagarsfestival. The owners also build the 1,500 campingplaster for those who want to camp. Sisyfosgruppens ceo Olle Larsson myself am no huge fan of techno but find it's fun to have things that are a bit fringe,” as he says, and clarifies:
– Thus, things that are a little different, odd, goes outside of the mainstream. There is a very good energy in it, " he says.
Exciting people looking to the Dragon gate, for it is a strange place, " says Olle Larsson.”Exciting, people look to the Dragon gate, for it is a strange place, and there is good energy in it,” says Sisyfosgruppens CEO Olle Larsson. Photo: Gabriel Lundh
He tells me that they can run between five and seven festivals per summer, but that they are also looking quite wide for uses of the place, and mentions the planned ”bilevent, mässevent and China-event”.
" Right now we are giving people the opportunity to do their thing at the site and see a bit of what works. We learn about the place and trying to see what role it can fill.
how much the property cost, but gives a hint.
" It was about as a nice villa in Sigtuna, sweden where I live, if you want to stay in the water. Then it will be about 20 million. And it is less than a tenth of what has been invested in Dragon gate.
, which he also thinks is pretty cheap.
we have been discussing is more to not invest too much before we know what the place will fill for the function, " he says.
– Therefore, we have set a ceiling of 30 million to rebuild and fix everything, and we will be done in June.
to the gray hairs of politicians and officials in Älvkarleby since 1986. Even before the deal with Jinchun Li – a wealthy chinese businessman who stepped into the project because he felt so good Feng shui energies where the – was it influenced by the mångmiljonförluster and mutskandaler.
When it was built on and built on to the Dragon Gate in chinese style, it was done in flagrant violation of the Swedish arbetsskyddslagar. The Swedish work environment authority stopped construction on several occasions, including when they discovered that the chinese workers were on the scaffolding in bamboo, without any railings. The hotel is ten floors high.
, thinks that ”it is like night and day” have to do with Sisyfosgruppen compared with the former owner:
– the Dragon gate as the building had probably the worst brand in Sweden almost, " says Martin Andaloussi.Martin Andaloussi, economic development director at Älvkarleby municipality
– But it Sisyfosgruppen do now is to reload it with something more positive and stronger. And it spills over on us as a municipality also.
He says that in a small municipality, with about 2,700 jobs, where tourism also is a relatively important part, so it means a lot to finally get started business in the Dragon Gate. However, he can not answer how many new jobs the Dragon gate will be able to provide.
" It is too early to say. They may run a season now and then we'll see if we can get statistics on it after the end of the year.
the municipality has not joined in with this, " he says.
" Nothing. If there is to be a eventarena as the Sisyfosgruppen think so it must be able to carry itself.
Olle Larsson, ceo of Sisyfosgruppen, talks about how they are thinking about the future of the area. He expects this first phase, where they try to fill the place with life and energy at the same time as they examine how they can use it, will lead to a phase two, where they are building new buildings on the ground to the other operators who want to establish themselves.
It includes 16 hectares of land in the property. There is electricity and water, internet, and an exit from the highway. When we arrived at the importance of this place to fill I am thinking that there will be people who want to establish themselves here. But he also stresses:
" We're doing this to have fun. For us this is more pleasurable and less kravfyllt than our other projects. We would then be so clear that it to go around. But it may not have the same economic potential as our other projects.
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