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Art Suite Audience. Design Edith van de Wetering & Wilfred Stijger. Photo Asaf Kliger.

Welcoming guests to experience more art than ever

On December 16 the entire Icehotel was finished on the riverbank in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. With its 35 uniquely designed art- and deluxe suites, ice bar, ice chapel and ice gallery the guests are welcomed to experience more art than ever in Icehotel’s history. When one part of the hotel melts come spring, the ice bar, ice gallery and 20 suites remain in the permanent part – Icehotel 365.

Over 70 artists, designers and architects from 15 countries around the world, has created the art in this year’s version of Icehotel. Among the artwork guests can marvel over, and even sleep inside, there are everything from stacked cards in the suite “House of Cards” by Stephanie Knödler och Martina Eriksson, to patterns inspired by Iranian traditions in the suite “One Tousand and One nights” created by the Iranian sculptor Sahand Hesamiyan and his partner Mona Hosseini. In this year’s Icehotel we find returning artists, for example the duo Natsuki and Shingo Saito who designed the suite ”Into the Ice”, inspired by their daughter’s story book.

The architect and designer Luca Roncoroni has created two different suites; the room “Lapland Waves” where the waves of the ocean have frozen and the bed is formed as an inflatable mattress, and an elegant apartment made from ice and snow in the deluxe suite “The Victorian Apartment”.

– We have had an ambition to offer qualified art and design year-round in Jukkasjärvi for a long time. Now when most of the rooms at Icehotel are art suites, we can proudly say that we are not only an ice hotel, we are also an art hotel. It feels amazing, says Arne Bergh, Creative Director at Icehotel.

Visit our gallery to see pictures of the all the Art & Design in Icehotel 2016-217

700 million snowballs

The artists have been surrounded by Icehotel’s art support team and light team that have shared their knowledge and experience of creating in ice and snow. The work with Icehotel started in March when thousands of ice blocks were harvested from Torne River. Now the natural ice has transformed into art at Icehotel.

The amount of snow that has been used to create the hotel’s 55 rooms would be enough to make 700 million snowballs, and for the chandeliers alone, which hang in the magnificent main hall, 1,000 handmade ice crystals were used.

Ephemeral art year-round

Previous years, around 50,000 visitors have walked through Icehotel’s iconic doors covered with reindeer fur between December–April – but this year Icehotel expects a lot more guests. When one part of Icehotel melts back into Torne River, Icehotel 365 will still stand and offer a place where guests can take part in an ice and snow experience year-round.

  • To let the ice express ephemeral art is the heart of Icehotel, and the art in the Icehotel 365 will change during the year and also melt back into Torne River, says Arne Bergh.

 

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For pictures and press material, visit: http://www.icehotel.com/about-icehotel/press-media/
Contact: Josefin Lindberg, media@icehotel.com

About ICEHOTEL

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.