Ginkgo - Icehotel Design Nina Kauppi & Johan Kauppi | Photo Asaf Kliger Ginkgo, the oldest tree species known to exist - a symbol of hope, strength and love To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Icehotel, this years’ Ceremony Hall, Ginkgo, is an ode to longevity. Withstanding the test of time through millenniums, the ancient and resilient Ginkgo tree has become a symbol of hope, strength, and vitality while its heart-shaped leaves are associated with peace and eternal love. Kauppi & Kauppi are inviting you to this open, welcoming and poetic space for ceremonies, gatherings, and contemplation. Crescents – Icehotel Design Elin Julin & Ida Mangsbo | Photo Asaf Kliger Nature in its abstraction. Let your imagination run free With an urge to explore nature and its profound elements, you embark upon the unknown, ephemeral ground. In front of you, a winding pathway edged with massive ice crescents, diverse in heights and proportions. As if pulled by gravity, you are drawn in, and the wavy passage changes your perception with every step until the journey ends in front of a bed, surrounded by suggestive lights. Filled with impressions, you lay down, taking in the starlit sky. Ruossut - Icehotel Design Anna Öhlund & John Pettersson | Photo Asaf Kliger The light you can hear Experiencing the Arctic is all about using your senses. Anna Öhlund and John Pettersson want to trigger them even further, making you aware of the unique sounds and impressions that occur during one year in the North. There is the sound of the dancing Auroras, the ice cracking in the spring, the soft breeze in the trees, the harshness of the wind, the roaming river... This is a tribute to the incomparable light and sounds of the Arctic. Spring Dream - Icehotel Design Lei Zhao & Yong Zhao | Photo Asaf Kliger The darkest winter still contains the revelation of spring. So winter or spring - praise the glory of life Winter or spring, this is an ode to life. Winter with its darkness is a revelation of the bright spring - the conception before spring is born. During the cold and harsh months, winter becomes the vessel of spring. So when winter comes, is spring, in actuality, really that far away? Spring Dream hopes to evoke some energy and a yearning for the soft, spring breeze through the differences in visual and physical perceptions. CLEAR WATER - Icehotel Design AnnaSofia Mååg & Niklas Byman | Photo Asaf Kliger CLEAR WATER deals with the survival of the fittest, the next generation, the balance of life and death, and the pure water we all depend on On a sharp rectangular block, lionesses with their cubs cautiously crouch down, drinking from the nourishing water. In front of the pride, the towering lion. A Biblical allusion, the male embodies the border between good and evil, while the drinking dectet alludes to a much-celebrated art piece. Find the hidden symbolism behind CLEAR WATER by Mååg and Byman. An ode to the lioness, drinking water and a very famous painting, it acknowledges some of the most universal and primitive topics. Torneland – Icehotel Design Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison | Photo Asaf Kliger A cavalcade of festive celebrations! Young and old! Step inside this year’s ice bar and let the over-the-top festivities begin. A fairground “on the rocks”, it celebrates the 30th birthday of Icehotel in grand style, so why not admire the frozen jollifications from the hot air balloon or take a spin on the unicorn carousel? Feel your stomach tingle as you line up for the twirling Ferris wheel or gasp at the dropping roller coasters. ‘Torneland’ is a tribute to 30 years of frozen fun in Jukkasjärvi. Tip of the Iceberg - Icehotel Design Franziska Agrawal | Photo Asaf Kliger The deeper meaning is not evident on the surface, but shines through implicitly Hovering in the room, an iceberg is displayed in its entirety, lucid and tangible. A mythical phenomenon in its natural element, it is equally mesmerizing and menacing. It takes perseverance to unmask a conundrum. The sight of the naked eye might be blurred, so summon up the courage to look above and beyond to discover new parameters and values. The deeper meaning is not always evident on the surface. The Day After - Icehotel Design Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perrón | Photo Asaf Kliger 30 years of partying at Icehotel takes its toll! Did you hear about the crazy Icehotel 30 party last night? The iconic ice chandelier was found shattered on the floor! A champagne cork stuck in the ceiling and some ice artists partying until dawn are the only clues to what has happened. It must have been SOME celebration! The Day After is a tribute to all the crazy ideas that were born during late-night soirées at Icehotel, and an ode to the iconic people who made Icehotel the exhilarating and world-famous place it is today. White Santorini - Icehotel Design Haemee Han & Jae Yual Lee | Photo Asaf Kliger An air of playful contradictions and mystery - bringing Santorini to a frozen landscape High up on a volcanic island, far out in the Aegean Sea, an ancient, mythical city stands with houses blazing white under the warm, Mediterranean sun. High above the Arctic circle, deep inside a hotel made of ice, that same city has been recreated - houses still blazing white but this is where the paradoxes start to uncover. White Santorini plays and elaborates with contrasting materials and proportions, whimsical and giddy, while still honoring its Greek original. Cabinet in the Woods – Icehotel Design Hugh Miller & Howard Miller | Photo Asaf Kliger Sleep amongst the trees in a piece of furniture made of ice Cabinet in the Woods plays on the familiar image of a cabin nestled amongst trees. It’s only once you’ve passed the doorway and the light bulb hanging in the solitary window that you realize there’s more to it than you were expecting. The bed is, in fact, a paneled wardrobe with moldings and details usually reserved for wood craftsmanship. But the highlight is the intricate frieze, depicting the process of making furniture, drawing parallels to how the room itself was constructed. A Night at the Theatre Design Jonathan Paul Green & Marnie Green | Photo Asaf Kliger Spend a magical night in a frozen theatre celebrating 30 years of Icehotel Sweden Ever slept in a theatre? Hold the stage at this grand premiere, and make it a show to remember! In front of you, the most thrilling and glamorous arena of them all - the stage. Behind you, the audience seating. Who will sit there? Well, that is for your imagination to decide. The occasion? The celebration of 30 years of ice adventures, so you are in for a wondrous and spectacular production. Be the audience or be an actor - from now on you are a part of a grand legacy. Feline Lair - Icehotel Design Brian Alvin McArthur & Dawn Marie Detarando | Photo Asaf Kliger Relax purrrfectly in a charming tapestry jungle while your feline sentinels guard you and your dreams in this cozy lair. Feel the contrasts as you exit the Arctic landscape and enter its tropical peer. Lounge on jungle leaves while admiring your feline guardian cat who is waiting and ready to protect you through your dreams in this cozy lair. You are drawn to retire as the bed of ice and the lighted leaves guide you. Acknowledge the warmth knowing your nocturnal cat is securely at the foot of your bed, watching the door and keeping the birds quiet throughout the night. Feline Lair - Icehotel Design Brian Alvin McArthur & Dawn Marie Detarando | Photo Asaf Kliger Relax purrrfectly in a charming tapestry jungle while your feline sentinels guard you and your dreams in this cozy lair Feel the contrasts as you exit the Arctic landscape and enter its tropical peer. Lounge on jungle leaves while admiring your feline guardian cat who is waiting and ready to protect you through your dreams in this cozy lair. You are drawn to retire as the bed of ice and the lighted leaves guide you. Acknowledge the warmth knowing your nocturnal cat is securely at the foot of your bed, watching the door and keeping the birds quiet throughout the night. Brutal Experience - Icehotel Design Jens Thoms Ivarsson, Mats Nilsson & Words by Petri Tuominen | Photo Asaf Kliger The Torne River allows a crude possibility to be bold and honest - providing a Brutal Experience Colossal impressions last. This year’s Main Hall with its formidable Grand Entrance greets its guests with powerful and monumental shapes in a tribute to Brutalist architecture. The concept of Brutalism is bold and honest, and few other materials could do it better justice than ice. On the walls, in contrast to the raw and massive, the poetic words of Petri Tuominen constitute a soft-spoken tribute to the warm legacy of former Creative Director of Icehotel, Arne Bergh. ECHO´S of the Torne River - Icehotel Design Francisco Javier Cortés Zamudio | Photo Asaf Kliger No sound, once made, is ever truly lost – Ray Bradbury On a cold winter walk on the Torne River, the elusive sounds of the singing and murmuring ice were caught on audio. The sounds transformed into a piece of music and became the inception of a new ice creation. This vibrant and truly physical suite plays with both audible and visual impressions, bringing sound, shapes and lighting together - all resonating with the inexplicable sounds recorded on that one very winter walk, immortalizing a moment. Bone Room - Icehotel Design Rob Harding | Photo Asaf Kliger Dealing with the beauty of the ephemeral Bones - essential parts of the living and said to be the last earthly traces of the dead. Bone Room talks about the beauty that is found in the cycle of life. As the making of the suites at Icehotel begins, nature starts to play with the creations, showing off its own creative skills as it slowly eats its way back to the Torne River. A paradox of life, the bone is an integral part of the beauty of the “meltdown”. Subterranean - Icehotel Design Daniel Rosenbaum & Jörgen Westin | Photo Asaf Kliger A humbling venture into a vital, yet concealed part of our planet The Subterranean world is a place of primal power and self-discovery. Travel beneath the earth’s crust and explore pathways oblivious to you, yet familiar terrain to many creatures sharing the Earth. You are now a visitor in their home, so make sure to tread gently, though with curiosity and courage. As you journey deeper and deeper into this organic and otherworldly dwelling, you will discover your inner feelings and eventually face the giant inhabitants of the cave. Kaleidoscope - Icehotel Design Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito | Photo Asaf Kliger The splendor of ice refined to perfection Clear, strong, transparent - characteristics shared by glass and ice alike. Saito and Saito knew the Torne River ice was ready for Edo-Kiriko - a traditional Japanese glass cutting technique - and so they started engraving the ice with the same, absolute precision and intricacy practiced for centuries... Kaleidoscope, with its exquisite craftsmanship and delicate, almost hypnotic patterns, is created to enhance the beauty and sublimity of the ephemeral Torne ice. WARM UP - Icehotel Design Aleksandra Pasek & Tomasz Czajkowski | Photo Asaf Kliger Journey into this cozy realm, where everyday problems cease to exist and where inner peace and tranquility reigns Through the fuzzy loop of something knitted and your head buried in a book, life seems much less distinct, almost muffled. Like your favorite sweater, soft and cozy, this cable knitted ice universe becomes a dear and comfortable haven. It urges you to rest your mind and allows you to indulge in your own presence. With all distractions gone, it’s time to find your balance again. Sometimes we all just need a place where we can shut the rest of the world out and be ourselves. GOLDEN ICE - Icehotel Design Nicolas Triboulot & Jean-Marie Guitera | Photo Asaf Kliger An invitation to a journey through the golden light, into a different reality Traveling without moving, you are invited to a journey through the golden light, into a different reality. The artists are the link, inventing new worlds and turning water into gold for an infinite instant, but remembered forever. Like modern-day alchemists, they have managed to harness the Auroras and create endless reflections. Make sure you look closely: you might see the smiling gods, inviting you to join their mysterious and ageless rituals. The 6th Feeling - Icehotel Design Ekaterina Barsukova & Vladimir Barsukov | Photo Asaf Kliger There, on the threshold between awake and asleep, the sixth sense takes over Entering the suite, gazing eyes greet you, looking down from a pair of enormous hands. The eyes represent the sixth sense, the state of mind the second before you fall asleep, when the consciousness links with the subconscious, rendering in clear and unobstructed insights that make you understand - well, perhaps everything. The hands, like giant, protective amulets, bringing kindness and prosperity, ensuring that your physical actions will make a mark in the spiritual world.