Designs for the 31st Icehotel in Sweden
The creation of Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, has already started with an eclectic mix of designs planned including frozen saunas, hotdog stands and frozen gardens.
19 teams comprising a total of 35 artists will use 1300 blocks of ice during this year’s construction which was harvested from the Torne River earlier this spring. Together with the ice production, building team, art support and lighting teams, they will create six new Art and Deluxe Suites and a Ceremony Hall in the year round Icehotel 365 and 12 Art Suites, and a new Main Hall in the winter hotel.
The first six new Art Suites in the 31st winter hotel will be ready for its opening on 11th December with the following six opening a week later. Designs include typographic art, a forgotten hotdog stand, a frozen winter garden as well as a room filled of toys made from ice and snow.
Those who can’t wait that long can visit and sleep amid snow-and-ice art in the year-round, Icehotel 365, where there will be six new art suites. The first is already in construction, Kodex Maximus featuring a futuristic world.
Another of Icehotel 365 new deluxe suites will be called Sauna, where the cold bedroom depicts an ice-cold sauna which contrasts with the adjoining actual hot sauna experience guests can enjoy in their heated ensuite bathroom.
The 35 artists have been hand-picked by the art team, led by the hotel’s Creative Director Luca Roncoroni and are all residents of Sweden and have worked on designs for previous reincarnations of the hotel.
“With many years of experience in creating art from ice and snow, this year’s artists have also had a share in Icehotel’s 31-year history. Together, the artists will create a magnificent experience at Icehotel,” says Luca Roncoroni, Creative Director.
A new ‘Experience Room’ has already opened in Icehotel 365. This area open to all guests celebrates the heritage of the hotel and is made entirely of ice and snow. Visitors can follow the hotel’s 30 years through ice works and explore the time line, view selected pieces of art that have been preserved from previous years and get to know Icehotel’s founder, Yngve Bergqvist, who appears in a personal film portrait.