Our hotel is more than rooms and beds; it is an art project made of snow and ice that is totally unique.
At ICEHOTEL we work with frozen water from Torne River. Rising from the lake Torneträsk, Torne River is one of the few rivers in Europe that has not been used for industrial purposes and is therefore a unique source. Its natural beauty and special history is an inspiration to us and is something we believe can never be found in artificial ice.
David Andrén, Johan Andrén, Tjåsa Gusfors, Sweden
The artists behind this year’s church wanted their design to celebrate the greatness and complexity of nature. The visitor is led into the church through a thick forest. The path through the room is not clear from the outset and you will have to slow down and perhaps even take a few detours to get to where you want to be. Suddenly, a holy room appears, filled with light and embraced by a peaceful, tall forest. Between the trees, there is lush and vital greenery, ferns slowly unfolding their leaves and a sunflower radiates behind the cere- monial altar. The center of the sunflower strives both clockwise and counter-clockwise, symbolizing eternal love:
“During the design process, we have thought about everything from nature’s smallest elements to the fringes of the universe and the beginning of time.”
Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison, France
A large candelabra, beautifully carved orna- ments and a luxurious bedframe of ice are some of the elements in the Rococo luxury suite. For the de- sign, French artists Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison found inspiration in 17th century Europe, and the result is a fusion of modern day ice sculpting and the decadence of the Baroque period:
“The era that is most famous for expressing pleas- ure and luxury is, without a doubt, the Baroque peri- od and this was our source of inspiration. So don your wig, put on some extra blush and indulge in your very own ice boudoir!”
Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen, Sweden
The classically beautiful often becomes dull and predictable – it becomes the expected. In the Abject Beauty suite, Julia Gamborg Nielsen and Lotta Lampa have worked with abstract, organic sculptures to create a sense of unpredictable dynamics, excitement and movement in the room. With their abstract and detailed world, they hope to change people’s ideas of what is considered beautiful:
“We wanted to create a world within the world. A world full of patterns and shapes that fill the the room and create a captivating scene.”
Inspired by the corbels of Uppsala Cathedral, the creators of the Rays of Vision suite have chosen to work with pillars that narrate and act, becoming an interactive part of the design. Just like sculptures and their “rays of vision” were used during the Middle Ages to tell biblical stories, this suite lets the guest in- terpret the glances of the sculptures, understanding and becoming part of a bigger context:
“We wanted to illustrate these rays of vision that exist in our everyday lives through pictures sculpted into the pillars. We did this using different gazes, looks and expressions. Gazes that meet or gazes that speak. Curious looks or annoyed looks. Characters who see each other, watch each other or respect each other’s differences.”
Edith Maria Van de Wetering & Wilfred Stijger, The Netherlands
ln spring, just as ICEHOTEL melts, nature starts to grow again. Colors and scents return and suddenly nature awakens. The creative duo behind the Spring suite were inspired by spring in their creative process and if you look closely at the carved ice pillars you will see the shape of tree trunks under the ice. Their silhu- ettes are clearer by each day, as the ice that encloses them gradually retracts, the closer we get to spring:
“Even when it’s cold and freezing around us, spring is always within us. There is a warmth and a longing in our hearts and we wanted to remind the visitors about these spring feelings by taking a piece of spring and moving it into our suite.”