Ice and heat – two contrasts meet when Riksbyggen’s world-famous sauna Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström arrives at the global tourist destination Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. With its inauguration on Monday 2 March 2020, both parties want to put a focus on global warming.
From March to May 2020 visitors to the world-unique Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi will be able to have a sauna in the award-winning Solar Egg created by the artist duo Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen. The collaboration focuses on climate change and humans’ role in the world’s rising temperature and its effect in the Arctic.
We are focusing more and more of our artistry on the climate issue, and it is extremely important to point out how quickly the glaciers in the Arctic are melting, not least in Kebnekaise
ARTISTS MATS BIGERT AND LARS BERGSTRÖM
Since the artwork and sauna were first constructed in Kiruna in Spring 2017, to celebrate the beginning Riksbyggen’s construction of 250 homes in Malmfälten, Solar Egg has become a worldwide phenomenon. Solar Egg has visited Paris, USA and Copenhagen. In Sweden, the egg has been shown at Artipelag in Stockholm and Björkliden in Lapland, Gällivare, Kiruna and Rättvik in Dalarna.
We are happy to lend Solar Egg to scenic locations or exciting urban environments that are then reflected in the egg’s facade and create conversations that drive sustainable development. We want to contribute to the new Kiruna, both by building new housing but also by putting Kiruna on the map within the tourism industry.
JOHANNA FRELIN | CEO OF RIKSBYGGEN
Visitors will be able to book their own sauna experience in Solar Egg via the Icehotel’s website, www.icehotel.com. Changing facilities, other services and an option for visitors to rent a towel will be provided for by the hotel, according to Luca Roncoroni, Creative Director at the Icehotel.
This winter, Icehotel celebrates its 30th birthday, and it feels especially important to welcome Solar Egg here. The climate issue is a focal point of our daily work and vital for our existence – Icehotel is constructed from crystal clear ice from the Torne River, a material that melts down into the river again
LUCA RONCORONI | CREATIVE DIRECTOR ICEHOTEL
Solar Egg will be inaugurated on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, by among others, Johanna Frelin, CEO Riksbyggen.