first images of art at the ICEHOTEL 2017-2018 have been revealed, featuring suites sculpted as a frozen jungle, a gigantic mountain gorilla, and a frozen cloudscape. ICEHOTEL was founded in 1989 and is reborn in a new guise every winter.

 

opening on december 15, 2017 on the riverbank in jukkasjärvi, sweden, the 28th edition of the hotel comprises 35 uniquely designed art-and-deluxe suites, an ice bar, ice chapel and ice gallery. everything, including the artwork, can only be experienced during the winter before it all melts away and trickles back to the nearby torne river — a perfect cycle. 

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘queen of the north’ art suite | design emilie steele and sebastian dell’uva
(main image) ‘danger thin ice’ art suite | design by franziska agrawal
all images by asaf kliger © ICEHOTEL

 

 

36 artists hailing from every corner of the world have contributed to suite spaces, a main hall, and a special ice ceremony hall. among the seasonal rooms, guests at ICEHOTEL can climb down in an underground mine with elements of crystal clear ice, find themselves immersed in a jungle of monstera-plants, and discover a habitat drawn from refugees’ journey across the mediterranean sea.

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘cumulus’ art suite | design by annakatrin kraus and hans aescht

 

 

ICEHOTEL #28 first began to take shape in march of last year, when thousands of huge ice blocks were harvested from torne river. 500 tons of crystal clear natural ice has also been used to create the art, ice glasses and ice bars this year. 1,000 hand-polished ice crystals were used to create the chandeliers that hang in the main hall, and surfaces are decorated with 200 hand-sculpted flowers of ice and snow.

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘daily travellers’ art suite | design by alem teklu and anne karin krogevoll

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘king kong’ art suite | design by lkhagvadorj dorjsuren

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘last fabergé egg’ art suite | design by tomasz czajkowski and eryk marks

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘white desert’ art suite | design by timsam harding and fabián jacquet casado

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘wandering cloud’ art suite | design by lisa lindqvist

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘livoq’ art suite | design by fabien champeval and friederike

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘hang in there’ art suite | design by marjolein vonk and maurizio perron

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘monstera’ art suite | design nina kauppi and johan kauppi

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘space room’ art suite | design by adrian bois
 and pablo lopez

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘radiance’ art suite | design by natsuki saito and shingo saito

ICEHOTEL 2017 2018
‘the invisible (invincible) army’ deluxe suite | design by nina hedman and lena kriström

 

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