The 26th rendition of Icehotel opened on December 11, 2015. In this album we proudly present 19 individually themed and hand crafted Art Suites, a beautiful Main Hall, the Ice Church and ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi.
Guest are welcomed by Sami art, decor in relief and heavy chandeliers made of ice. ICEHOTEL’s own Arne Bergh and Sami artist and craftsman Erik Fankki are the makers of this year’s Main Hall and reception. Inspiration has been taken from the Sami world, and its shapes, mythology and traditional dwellings are reflected in the design.
Fankki says: “I´ve selected shapes from Sami culture to welcome guests to ICEHOTEL. The large arches with an opening right at the top symbolize the goahti (Sami hut), with space for the smoke rising from the fire. Along the goahti’s lower portion are shaman drums depicting Sami goddesses who protect the people.”
ERIK FANKKI is a Sami artist and knife maker born and resident in Kaitum, Swedish Lapland. He has been professionally active for 25 years and places great emphasis on his work containing a story that needs to be told. The materials he works in include birch, antlers and leather.
ARNE BERGH sculpted in a range of differentmaterials before snow and ice finally captured his heart. Twenty-something years later, Arne Bergh is still just as fascinated by creating art from nature’s own material. He lives in Jukkasjärvi and is one of the driving forces behind ICEHOTEL.
SIMPLISTIC LINES AND velvety smooth snow walls
become a Milky Way where planets, sunrays and stars unite. The duo Edith Maria Van de Wetering and Wilfred Stijger return to ICEHOTEL to create
a tranquil place to unwind, contemplate the greatness
of our universe, and get to know others and one self.
WILFRED STIJGER is a multi-talented artist from the Netherlands. Specializing in sand, he sculpts art to inspire others to open their minds and use their imagination.
EDITH MARIA VAN DE WETERING is an artist who loves to surprise with her art. She has been creating art
using sand in locations across the world.
This year’s ice bar, aptly named Tribute, is a celebration of all the artists, creatives and builders who’ve contributed to ICEHOTEL over the years – but also a tribute to actors, musicians and artists around the world who spread joy through their work, each and every day. The design draws inspiration from architecture, music and the theatre – three topics close to the hearts of all three artists behind the design. “We wanted to create a bar that makes the most of the space in the dome. As a visitor, you should be able to find new details in the design as you go and not take in the full experience the moment you step in.”
ELIN JULIN is a Swedish landscape architect at Sweco Architects. This is her sixth time at ICEHOTEL – previous projects include the outdoor landscape, an art suite and the Church.
MARINUS VROOM is an actor and co-founder of the Dutch theatre company Vis à Vis. This is the seventh year that Marinus is participating in the making of ICEHOTEL.
JENS THOMS IVARSSON is product designer and drummer. Brought up with art, craft, design and architecture, Jens is currently the Creative Director at ICEHOTEL and this year making his twenty-ninth (!) ICEBAR BY ICEHOTEL.
Taiga. Northern lights. Ice. Snow. The Rhythm of the Arctic suite is created by nature and with nature. Its creators, Shingo and Natsuki Saito have built many a suites at ICEHOTEL and return year after year with new creative ideas, in recent years accompanied by their daughter. The luxury suites are nearly twice the size of the art suites and standard rooms, also featuring a private ensuite bathroom and sauna.
“We’ve been coming here for many years and each time we are struck by the natural landscape. Perhaps it’s the sunrise over Torne river or a beautiful aurora display in the forest. It’s the memories of these moments that were the inspiration behind our suite.”
SHINGO SAITO has several years’ experience of ice sculpting. Back home in Japan, both Natsuki and Shingo work at Lake Shikaibetsu Igloo village.
NATSUKI SAITO is a designer and architect and is used to working with ice at home in Japan.
Marjolein Vonk and Maurizio Perron’s treehouse suite is a comment on the shift in society towards a new perspective on luxury whereby status is no longer defined by expensive designer goods, but by having the resources to afford a sustainable, slow lifestyle.
“It seems luxury has taking a new shape – focused on existential, soft values rather than commodities. For example, finding the space to switch off your phone, going offline and eating food that you’ve caught, grown or cooked from scratch…or, building a treehouse and being free to spend hours up there in the canopy. Time is the new luxury!”
MARJOLEIN VONK comes from the Netherlands, where she works as an art director and stylist.
MAURIZIO PERRON lives in a village in the Italian Alps and started sculpting at the age of eight.
Cairns, traditionally used to mark a path, become symbols of a destination, goodwill and a sense community between strangers. The suite uses ice slabs stacked on top of each other, creating a grove of ice cairns in a snowy landscape.
“We used ice cairns to mark out ICEHOTEL as an amazing and unique destination, just as ICEHOTEL will leave a mark on each person who visits. We want the visitors to feel they are sleeping close to the wild, and to celebrate the raw beauty of ice.”
ANNIE HANAUER is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Born in America, she currently lives in London but performs her works all over the world. She loves traveling, cooking, the outdoors, and finding new adventures great and small.
MATT CHAN is a British architect and exhibition designer. He rock climbs, plays piano, and makes sourdough bread in his spare time. He loves making things and has co-led construction workshops for Cardiff University.
MEI CHAN is an architect based in London. She has a fascination with the process and the craft of making. She enjoys photography and discovering new uses for material.
Cesare’s Wake draws inspiration from the 1920’s expressionistic horror film “The Cabinet of Dr Calligari”. Where the story takes place, everything is deformed, expressing the emotional state of the main character. “Our aim is for the leaning houses and the spooky lighting, both strong scenographic elements, to transmitt the feeling of the film to the snow and ice.”
ELLIE SOUTI from Greece is an architect and lighting designer who holds light, shadow and perspective particularly close to her heart.
PETROS DERMATAS is a lighting designer from Greece, who finds inspiration in the power of electric light to reveal and ultimately shape our visual awareness of reality.
In the Eye suite, Nicolas Triboulot and Cédric Alizard play with the visual experience of the visitor, creating a universe of shapes and playing with light. Waves and sharp angles interact with each other, creating light reflections that shift as the vistor moves around the room.
“We want to draw on the similarity between ice and crystal. Just like ice, crystal is fragile and strong at the same time, transparent to the extreme, pure and desirable, incredibly wild and elegant. It’s the ultimate material to sculpt space and light. The waves in the snow symbolizes the fluidity and constantly shifting state of ice – it’s a living material and can take any form and texture, and it’s not trapped in time.”
NICOLAS TRIBOULOT is a creative director and designer from France who has worked with the likes of Baccarat, Bernard Loiseau and Bugatti. He fell in love with ice when he first visited ICEHOTEL 13 years ago.
CÉDRIC ALIZARD is a designer, graphic artist and perpetual enthusiast who prefers to look at the world through a child’s eye. Drawing inspiration from technology and nature, he’s worked for agencies including Black & Gold, Quarks and Eureka.
Science and physics have inspired Anja Kilian and Wolfgang A Lüchow to create Fractus. Molecules and fractals are symbolized by sharp, geometrical lines shaping the suite.
“We wanted to create a landscape of fractals and connect elements in our surroundings with the architecture of snow and ice. The Torne river and each little snowflake are made up of fractals and molecules that we can’t see with the naked eye. We wanted to enlarge them and make them visible!”
ANJA KILIAN is a Stuttgart-based interior architect and textile designer who loves to scout foreign countries for visual inspiration.
WOLFGANG A LÜCHOW is a product designer based in Stuttgart. He loves sport and design, and when he’s not working he likes to cycle in the forest.
Tjåsa Gusfors and David Andrén created the ice church together last year. This year they are sculpting a suite with a peacock theme. Drawing on the proud body language of the peacock, Show Me What You Got aims to encourage guests to stand up for themselves with dignity, reminding them everyone’s their most beautiful when they show their true colors. “A peacock is proud, beautiful, powerful and magical, and in our suite the peacock speks for himself, standing there on one side of the room. His magnificent wings embrace the entire ceiling and each eye in his feathers is iluminated and all-seeing. We hope that those who visit the suite will be filled with strength and a sense of affirming their talents. Showing who they really are, just like the peacock does.”
Swede TJÅSA GUSFORS is a multi-faceted artist, performing on the music theatre stage as well as creating art work using wood, stone and sand as her materials. She also travels the world performing live ice sculpting and frequently returns to ICEHOTEL for various projects.
DAVID ANDRÉN is an architect and set designer. Based in Stockholm, he co-founded RYMD Arkitektur in 2013. He’s one of those lucky people who makes a living out of his hobby.
The Labyrinth Saga is the path to another world deep in the forest, where a misty light leads the way through the woods. Entering the suite, the visitor walks through a narrow forest. The light and the path lead the way through a labyrinth where the view opens up a little more on every turn. Suddenly the woods open onto a peaceful clearing were the traveler comes to rest.
“Sleeping in the suite provides a moment’s silence. Behind the trees and stones, resting on the bed, looking at the ethereal view of the red sun setting behind the mountains.”
KRISTIN BORG is an architect from Sweden. Beyond design projects, she is passionate about Swedish housing and urban planning policies, publishing and exploring design within a variety of themes and cultures.
CLARA LINDENCRONA is an interior architect from Sweden. Currently an architectural consultant, her freelance background covers a decade of furniture, product and exhibition design projects, art curation and more.
ANNASOFIA MÅÅG WHO created the beautiful unicorn in the main hall in 2014, has sculpted a three-meter high African elephant, overlooking
the ice bed. The suite has been appropriately named Elephant in the Room.
“Sometimes in life you can experience the feeling
of there being an elephant in the room. Something
that’s obviously being ignored. I’ve created a suite where you as a visitor come face to face with the elephant, so open your eyes and see what you find there.”
ANNASOFIA MÅÅG grew up
in the Swedish province of Dalarna but has been living and working in Swedish Lapland for the last 14 years. She’s an
artist by profession, specializing
in ceramics and ice and snow sculpting.