DELUXE BY MINI by Peter Koerbler, Tom Allemeier, Viktor Tsarski & Wouter Biegelaar. Photo: Christopher Hauser
MINI designs hotel deluxe suite at Icehotel
MINI, through BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA, was invited by the hotel design team to create a deluxe suite 200 km north of the Arctic Circle – using only ice and snow.
If your immediate thought is a MINI Cooper carved out of ice, think again. When given free reins, Peter Koerbler of Designworks USA, in consultation with Jens Thoms Ivarsson of Icehotel, came up with a fairytale grove featuring fantasy animals, trees and objects. The suite was inaugurated by Koerbler along with Icehotel veterans Wouter Biegelaar and Victor Tsarski during three intense weeks in sub-zero temperatures.
A magical winter’s tale
Koerbler wanted to capture the magic of Icehotel and its Arctic surroundings, meanwhile telling a story of a journey that transforms the very DNA of its creatures – a metamorphosis into a MINI. The features populating the room pick up on the themes of evolution and transformation and tell a story that subtly plays with the design DNA of MINI and with the cognitive perception of guests. The three-dimensional story, related by the elements within the room, is augmented by modern-day “cave painting” on ice above the sleeping area, which symbolically “freezes” the room’s fantasy world until the snowmelt.
The suite took three weeks to complete and was hand-sculpted by Koerbler, together with Dutch designer Wouter Biegelaar and Bulgarian artist Victor Tsarski – both Icehotel veterans.
Boasting a private sauna and heated relaxation area, guests who book this suite also receive complimentary courses in ice sculpting with professional sculptors and access to a four wheel drive MINI Countryman as part of the package. The suite costs SEK13 000 per night and is available until it melts back to Mother Nature in April 2014.
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