ICEHOTEL is more than rooms and beds; it is an ephemeral art project made of snow and ice from Torne River, which is completely unique. Every year, the entire seasonal Icehotel is reborn in a completely new guise. By tradition, the actual making of the hotel is an art forum, whereby the selected suite designers gather in Jukkasjärvi to use the ice and snow as a canvas for their art. Each room is an installation, an original piece of art that melts and returns to Mother Nature in spring.
Create your own art suite out of ice and snow
What designs, enhancements or completely new features you would like to see at Icehotel in the future? Thoughtful, crazy, innovative, creative or beautiful – there are no rules for how the suites should look. The only requirement is that they must be original designs and include a bed – and everything has to be made from ice and snow.
Arne Bergh is an artist and creative advisor at ICEHOTEL, and is involved in the creative process.
“Ice has an interesting effect on creativity. Since it’s not a permanent material, people aren’t afraid of trying ideas they otherwise wouldn’t dare to test,” he says.
“It doesn’t matter if you have worked with ice and snow before – just submit your application. If you’re selected, Icehotel will show you and your fellow artists some basics about the material and the tools. The artist teams are responsible for completing their suites at Icehotel, but there is also a support team that can advise you on design and construction and a lighting team to assist you with the lighting of your suite.”
Application & deadline
Each spring we open for new designers and artists to apply. A jury that assesses the applications based on concept, innovativeness, visualization and description will select the artists. The selected artists will be invited to Jukkasjärvi for two weeks in November-December. Please take a look at the reference application and the video clip on this page for inspiration.
Send us your application according to the guidelines in the Application form. The submission deadline is May 6, 2018.Application form
Good luck, we hope to see you in November!
Reference Application 1
Art Suite Love Capsule. Design Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison. Click to read more (pdf) >>
Reference Application 2
Art Suite In to the Maelstrom. Design Ida Mangsbo & Elin Julin. Click to read more (pdf) >>
The making of Icehotel
When winter is at its darkest and coldest hour, artists from all over the world arrive to the village of Jukkasjärvi. They come to take part in the shaping of the art exhibition in snow, ice and light that constitutes Icehotel. The makers? Well, it changes from year to year; graphic designers, architects, industrial engineers, and artists – the list goes on. The principal aim for the creative team at Icehotel is to seek out truly original ideas for new suites and artwork for each reincarnation of the hotel.
Every year Icehotel has an open call for new ideas. Since the hotel provides instructors and tools for the actual sculpting, there are no prerequisites for applying – all that matters is your idea, and that you’re able to join the symposium to create the suite in person. A panel of artists and ice experts evaluates the applications based on originality of ideas and with the overall composition of exhibition – looking for breadth and interesting contrasts between different contributors’ concepts ideas.
Between 15-20 applications are accepted and invited to Jukkasjärvi in November to build their design. About half of them have participated in the past and half of them are new to experience – most of whom are new to sculpting in ice and snow and some are new to snow and colder climes altogether. Assisting in their creations, a team of experienced artists acts as support throughout the construction process.
In addition to the art suite designers, a number of experienced ice artists with documented skill and technical knowledge are given the honorary assignments to design the public areas of the hotel, including the main hall, the church, luxury suites and the bar. The final touch is the light design – as most of the artwork is transparent, light adds an important dimension to the end result.
A team of light designers works closely with the creators of each room in the hotel to ensure the lightning interprets and enhances the artwork in the best way possible.
Creative Advisor Arne Bergh
“Jukkasjärvi means ‘meeting place by the river’, and that’s exactly what it is. Because every year, artists gather here to take part in the creation of Icehotel. It’s tough but creative work, and it brings everyone together, with no sense of competition. On the contrary – everyone supports each other, sharing tips on how to reach new heights together. We’re brought together by our love of art and ice, and many of the artists return year after year.”