Cold Comfort: Sweden’s Icehotel

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Every winter, in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden, artists and designers are selected to design the Icehotel, located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. First created in 1990, the hostelry, kept at a temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-5 Celsius), operates from December through April, when it begins to melt. Chunks of ice and snow taken from the nearby Torne River are fashioned into rooms for the fully equipped inn, which attracts 15,000 overnight guests per year. This season, multi-disciplinary artist Wouter Biegelaar was chosen to create the project’s 23rd installation, entitled Iceberg Suite 315. A gallery by day attracting 30,000 visitors, it becomes a bedroom by night, including an all-in-one bed, lounge and sitting space. The design explores the hard and soft elements of snow, evident in the Chesterfield-like padded walls, as well as the sharp angles of ice. The Icehotel closes when the sun begins to warm in the spring, but begins to be rebuilt in December, and is completely operational every January. http://www.icehotel.com

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“A” marks the spot: Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

 

 

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