Psst! Here’s what ICEHOTEL 2016 will look like

 The slide show features previous years’ creations by returning artists AnnaSofia Mååg, Wouter Biegelaar, Viktor Tsarski, Luc Voisin, Mathieu Brison, Rob and  Timsam Harding. 

Summer in Jukkasjärvi of course means outdoor delights like constant day light, fishing and hiking, but it is also the time for preparing for the forthcoming hotel and we’re very excited to tell you our plans so far!

A life size elephant, an icicle cave and a machine room of love

This year, we’re going to make 19 individually themed and hand crafted art suites and as you may have seen, we called for your ideas of what they should look like back in April. We’re happy and feel humbled to have received an incredible 130 submissions, giving us a hard time to make the final selection. Here’s a teaser of what’s to come!

Aptly named “Elephant in the Room” is the upcoming suite by sculptor AnnaSofia Mååg (SE), who created the unicorn for our main hall in 2014, and will feature a three meter tall African elephant overlooking the ice framed bed. ICEHOTEL old-timers Viktor Tsarski (BG) and Wouter Biegelaar (NL) are set to create a room appearing to be an old country manor drawing room, draped in fabric as the family has left for the season. Father-son duo Rob and Timsam Harding from Spain will make a Mediterranean interpretation of Arctic life and for anyone anxious about a night in sub-zero degrees, Luca Roncoroni’s (IT) “Counting Sheep” or Ivan Loktyukhin and Vladim Polim’s (RU) satirical children’s nursery will provide a comforting haven.

Berlin-based AnnaKatrin Kraus (USA) and her German peer Hans Aescht’s plan is to create a forest of Gothic-like ice pillars, cocooning the suite and transforming it into an intimate ice cave. Also from Berlin, Sebastian Scheller and Kristina Möckel will participate with their idea “The Power of Love”. The suite is “the machine room” of love, as they explain it, with enormous ice pipes and a love barometer that capture the energy in the room, transforming it into visions and fantasies. Also on the theme of love, is French landscaping artists Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison’s 1970’s inspired “Love Capsule”. Drawing inspiration from cultural classics, Lotta Lampa and Julia Gamborg Nielsen, Sweden, make a fairytale suite inspired by Michael Ende’s novel Momo, while “Cesare’s Awake” is an adoption of horror cult film Dr Caligari’s Cabinet by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti (GR).

In addition, we’ll have two luxury suites with secured glass door (the other rooms in the hotel have curtain doors), en-suite bathroom and private sauna.

To all our artists participating in making this hotel – we’re so looking forward to seeing you in November and wish you a very warm welcome to a cold place!

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