Photo Asaf Kliger
More art than ever in this year’s ICEHOTEL
While Torne River slowly freezes over, something intriguing is emerging on the riverbank in Jukkasjärvi. On November 10, Icehotel 365 opens up its doors – a permanent ice experience with nine deluxe suites, each with its own warm bathroom and sauna, as well as eleven art suites. The structure will also hold a magnificent ice bar that serves champagne and drinks, and an ice gallery – all of it created out of ice and snow by hand picked artists from around the globe.
The 2 100 square meter building will be filled with ice and snow from the pure Torne River and when the winter arrives Icehotel 365 becomes a part of the classic Icehotel, which opens December 16. By then a total of 55 rooms, whereof 26 art suites and 9 deluxe suites, will be ready to fascinate and inspire the guests. Letting the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel and this year the hotel with its 35 unique deluxe and art suites, ice chapel, ice gallery and ice bar will offer more art than ever in the history of Icehotel.
Over seventy artists to Jukkasjärvi
In the middle of October, the first round of creators arrives at Icehotel. Around forty artists, designers and architects from nine different countries will create the art in the year-round part of the hotel. The artists for Icehotel 365 are specifically invited and hand picked based on their creativity, experience and technical proficiency.
Several of the artists have previously designed suites and created art at Icehotel and amongst the veterans we find Jens Thoms Ivarsson (Swe) who together with his team will build the Icebar named The Fuzzy Chisel. The French architects Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison (FR) return to Icehotel to create a deluxe suite inspired by the roaring 20’s, and the perennial duo Viktor Tsarski (BG) och Wouter Biegelaar (NL) are making another deluxe suite “Crystal Forest” that experiments with the reflections, shadows and depth of ice crystals. Lotta Lampa and Julia Gamborg Nielsen (Swe) will come to design the suite “Hydro Smack”, which seize the feeling of being at the bottom of the ocean. Two other artists that are coming back this year are the Kiruna designer AnnaSofia Mååg (Swe), who created the notable suite “Elephant In the Room” and the artist and designer Sofi Routsalainen (Swe) who has shaped ice art all over the world for Icehotel. Together the accomplished duo creates the deluxe suite “Pick Your Mustache!”
Architect and artist Alex Haw from Atmos Studios (UK) and architect and musician Aditya Bhatt are professional designers, but novices when it comes to working with ice and snow. These newcomers are designing and creating the suite “Dreamscape”.
Deluxe Suites with warm bathroom & private sauna
When Icehotel 365 opens up its doors, the overnight guests can enjoy a good night amongst art and sub-zero temperatures. There are two types of suites in Icehotel 365; deluxe suites and art suites. Both room types are exclusively designed by this year’s invited artists and to make your stay extra enjoyable in Icehotel 365, all our suites are furnished with Carpe Diem Beds. Every room is totally unique with its individual art and the deluxe suites got their own private warm bathroom, with an exclusive sauna from Tylö, and all amenities required.
Icehotel 365 will be revealed November 10, and the art will be presented by Arne Bergh, Senior Creative Director at Icehotel. The founder of Icehotel, Yngve Bergqvist will talk about the idea behind the hotel and the new ice bar has its grand opening.
The winter hotel will open December 16
For the genesis of Icehotel #27 we welcome another thirty artists from every corner of the globe. Amongst the artists that were picked by Icehotel’s jury there are both new and well-known names in the Icehotel setting. The Italian-Norwegian architect and designer Luca Roncoroni is back to make the suite “Lapland Waves”. In his suite the waves of the ocean have frozen to ice and the bed whimsically floats as if buoyed by the gentle caress of the ocean. The sculptor Katarina Rose (UK) is creating her first art suite at Icehotel, “Sleeping in a passionate thought”, and as the name suggests the guests will sleep in a room of whirling, passionate thoughts.
A warm welcome to all artists
To all the artists who are participating in the creation of this year’s hotel – a warm welcome to Jukkasjärvi, we are looking forward to seeing you in November!
For a full list of the artists participating in the making of ICEHOTEL #27 and ICEHOTEL 365, click here.
For press visits, images and more information about the artists and ICEHOTEL 365, please contact PR Manager Josefin Lindberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the world’s first ICEHOTEL, situated in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden approximately 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. ICEHOTEL was founded in 1989 and is an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers. The artists and artwork vary from year to year, each rendition of the hotel presenting an ephemeral collection. The 2016 edition will be the 27th hotel and hold 55 rooms. When parts of ICEHOTEL melts back into the Torne River in the spring, ICEHOTEL 365 will continue to offer visitors an ice experience year-round.
About Carpe Diem Beds of Sweden
Feel the luxury, it’s all about craftsmanship and design with the Nordic Eco Swan label, proving that we have been considerate to the environment in every step of the production process – from the forest to the bedroom. Our beds can be found in hotels and retail stores throughout Sweden, Europe and other parts of the world. Carpe Diem Beds is partly rooted in the soil of the North, with the rugged pine used for the frames coming from Stenvalls Trä and the forests around Sikfors – just beyond the borders of the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.