Founded in 1989, the ICEHOTEL® in Swedish Lapland has become known for its incredible artwork, with new rooms designed and built from scratch from thousands of blocks of ice each year by artists and designers from across the globe.
“Differential Expansion”, Antonio Camara & Juan Carlos Camara, Canada & Mexico
This year 33 artists from 13 countries around the world have been chosen from around 150 applicants by a jury made up of senior figures at ICEHOTEL® to help create yet another magical experience for its guests. From a candy shop filled with sweets to a swimming ice woman and an aquarium watched by a big cat, these are just some of the designs for this year’s rendition of the ICEHOTEL® that guests can look forward to.
“Icewoman”, art suite created by Linda Vagnelind
In fact, many of this year’s art suites have been influenced by nature. For example, Christopher Pancoe and Jennie O’Keefe from Canada have designed ‘Spruce Woods’, where guests will be able to sit down around a fire of ice in a camping site in the forest and sleep on a bed of ice.
Meanwhile Jonathan Paul Green and his daughter Marnie Green from England have created ‘The Living Ocean Suite’, a frozen underwater world filled with corals, shells and fish. The suite is inspired by climate change and the impact that overfishing has on our oceans and Jonathan Paul Green said he was excited to use frozen water from a river in northern Sweden to create his piece.
“The Living Ocean Suite”, art suite created by Jonathan Paul Green & Marnie Green
Elsewhere Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt and Lukas Petko from Sweden, Spain and Slovakia respectively have teamed up to create ‘Haven’ a suite in which a magical portal of ice is guarded by the Phoenix. Inspired by the legend and the idea of people meeting and wanting to create an experience that invites curiosity, creativity and collaboration, Jonas Johannson said ‘It feels like a dream to get to work with ice that allows our love for light, shine and reflection to wander from thought to creation.’
"Haven", art suite created by Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt and, Lukas Petko
With October fast approaching it won’t be long until 5,000 tons of ice from the Torne River will be used to start creating these impressive suites and the doors of the ICEHOTEL® will open for the 29th edition.
Image Credits: ICEHOTEL®, Antonio Camara & Juan Carlos Camara, Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt & Lukas Petko, Sweden, Linda Vagnelind, Jonathan Paul Green & Marnie Green