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    In Pictures – 30th Icehotel opens in Lapland

    Hotel Designs receives the first images as the original Icehotel opens in Lapland for the winter season with spectacular new designs and features to celebrate its 30th anniversary…

    Built from 30,000 cubic metres of ice, which is the equivalent of 110 million ice creams, the iconic Icehotel in Swedish Lapland has opened its doors for another winter season. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the hotel shelters new layouts, suite designs, activities and features including a special ice-carved observation deck built above the hotel.

    gold hue in room full of ice and a bed

    It has been 30 years since Icehotel founder Yngve Bergqvist started a journey that would lead to the world’s first hotel made entirely out of snow and ice and during this time more than one million guests from all continents of the world have visited. The latest incarnation of the hotel is now open until the ice melts in the spring and the water returns to the Thorne river.

    33 artists from 16 countries have spent an intense couple of weeks in the village of Jukkasjärvi, creating the hotel (made entirely out of ice and snow from the free-flowing Torne River) under the guidance of the hotel’s new Creative Director Luca Roncoroni.

    Bar made from ice

    Image credit: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel

    This includes two British teams; father and daughter duo Jonathan and Marnie Green and professional sculptor Robert Harding, both of which have created Art Suites for Icehotel before.

    The Green family’s suite is themed around a West End production called A Night at the Theatre, with ice-carved curtains, reindeers waiting in the wings, an impressive scale model of the hotel entrance in the centre and a frozen bed nestled amongst miniature theatre seats in the auditorium, with six life-size ice seats for guests to sit on behind.

    Image credit: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel

    Harding’s Bone Room celebrates the natural melting process of the Icehotel each spring as it slowly dissolves back into the Torne River, and aims to highlight the beauty found in the cycle of life with giant ice-carved bone sculptures overlooking the frozen bed, each glowing from within thanks to an under-floor white light.

    Image credit: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel

    The Main Hall “Brutalism” celebrates the construction of the hotel, the Ceremony Hall “Gingko” plays homage to the Chinese Ginkgo Tree (which symbolises hope, strength, longevity) and features 30 stars carved into the ceiling, one for each year of Icehotel, whilst the IceBar “TorneLand” is a tribute to the hotel’s 30 years of frozen fun, with ice-carved roller-coasters, games and hot air balloons surrounding the bar.

    The full list to artists are as follows:

    Main Hall: Brutal Experience
    Jens Thoms Ivarsson: designer, artist and previous Creative Director at Icehotel,
    Mats Nilsson: Stonemason and craftsman

    Ceremony Hall: Gingko
    Nina Kauppi: design studio owner, Sweden
    Johan Kauppi: design studio owner, Sweden

    IceBar: Torneland
    Luc Vosin: landscape artist and interior designer, France
    Mathieu Brison: urban planner, artistic director and architect

    The Day After
    Marjolein Vonk: art director, stylist and artist, Netherlands
    Maurizio Perron: sculptor and artist, Italy

    Subterranean
    Jörgen Westin: artist and industrial designer, Sweden
    Daniel Rosenbaum: artist and designer, Australia/ Canada

    Feline Lair
    Brian McArthur: artist and sculptor, Canada
    Dawn Detarando: artist and sculptor, Canada

    Ruossut- The Light You Can Hear
    Anna Öhlund: photographer, sculptor and artist, Sweden
    John Pettersson: lighting designer, Sweden

    Clear Water
    AnnaSofia Mååg: artist and sculptor, Sweden
    Niklas Byman: entrepreneur and former Icehotel ice-production technician, Sweden

    ECHOS of the Torne River
    Francisco Cortés Zamudio: artist, Chile/Germany

    White Santorini
    Haemee Han: designer and landscape architect, USA/South Korea
    Jaeyual Lee: architect, USA

    Bone Room
    Robert Harding: artist and sculptor, UK/South Africa/Spain

    Spring Dream
    ZhaoLei: artist and sculptor, China
    ZhaoYong: artist and sculptor, China

    Golden Ice
    Nicolas Triboulot: designer, France
    Jean-Marie Guitera: sound and game designer, Australia

    Kaleidoscope
    Natsuki Saito: ice sculptor, architect, designer, Japan
    Shingo Saito: ice sculptor, Japan

    A Night At The Theatre
    Jonathan Paul Green: production designer, UK
    Marnie Green: art student, UK

    Tip Of The iceberg
    Franziska Agrawal: industrial designer and artist, Germany

    Warm Up
    Tomasz Czajkowski: interior designer, Poland
    Aleksandra Pasek: psychologist and writer, Poland

    The 6th Feeling
    Vladimir Barsukov: sculptor and photographer, Russia
    Ekaterina Barsukova: designer and sculptor, Russia

    To mark the 30th anniversary, the hotel has built a special ice-carved observation deck, offering views of the surrounding frozen landscape across the Torne River from which the ice is harvested. Plus, the hotel has also built a new sculpture at the enterence to the winter hotel; a four-metre tall tower that guests can climb.

    Main image: Asaf Kliger/Icehotel

    Hamish Kilburn / 17.12.2019

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