1. Main Entrance, 2009, The IceHotel
The shell of the IceHotel is actually a massive structure encompassing the main entrance, supporting walls, and covering for the hotel. This structure is very similar from year to year, but the interiors and sculptures are always new. Here, before the main entrance is “Slightly Off,” an ice sculpture by Åke Larsson, Mikael Nille Nilsson & Sofi Ruotsalainen of Sweden.
2. Main Hall, 2009, The IceHotel
This year, Anders Eriksson and Arne Bergh, two Swedish carpenters, designed the main hall with these cube-come-cylindrical columns and ice crystal chandeliers to bring as much light, sparkle, and playfulness into the “Crystal Hall” as possible.
3. Absolut Icebar, 2009, The IceHotel
Absolut(ely) fabulous, this Roaring 20’s style bar named after Sweden’s most famous vodka, is intricately scupted by Mark Armstrong, an English architect, and Lena Kriström, Swedish sculptor. How would you like to down your Absolut Mandrinoska in this icebar?
4. Ho-Shi To Tsu-ki, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
Looking so inviting, despite the cold, designer/woodworker Hiroyoshi Saka, from Japan, pays tribute to the night and the moon and stars that are so splendid in the night sky.
5. Getting Cold Feet, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
A dig at consumerism, designers Ben Rousseau and INSA from England created large “leg columns” with rather pointed-toed shoes. The bed… a pretty blue ice shoe, with a high headboard in skin print.
6. Mush-Room, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
Layers and layers of forested mushrooms surround your dreams in this fairy tale suite by Liliya Pobornikova, award-winning sculptor, and Viktor Tsarski, architect and sculptor, from Bulgaria.
7. The Queen of Ice, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
A tribute to your queen, designers Natsuki Munakata and Shingo Saito of Japan introduce layers of gentle, lacy ice work to this regal bedroom, even designing a special bed frame and headboard for the queen.
8. Chasing Penguins, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
The submarine chamber is cleverly and whimsically designed for the guest explorer by English designer Mark Armstrong.
9. Funnyture, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
This well-furnished suite comes with night table, desk, chair, and wardrobe from the design pair of Åke Larsson and Mikael Nille Nilsson of Sweden. This guest suite should make you feel more at home.
10. Trompe l’oeil, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
Perhaps this lovely chamber was smaller, so you only have the illusion of furniture. As difficult as it is to create effective trompe l’oeil, imagine how it was to sculpt it! Mikael Nille Nilsson and Sofi Ruotsalainen of Sweden accomplished it marvelously. Look at the reflection of the window sill on the floor. It looks so 3-dimensional.
11. Broken Surface, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
David Andrén and Daniel of Ampersand, Swedish designers, create a brilliant illusion of light and layers in the Broken Surface, a wonderful spot for contemplation.
12. Get Bad, Guest Suite 2009, The IceHotel
There are many travel specials to this adventure in the Artic. The IceHotel even has conference and even facilities… some heated. And if you are staying at the IceHotel, bring the warmest undergarments and clothing; the hotel will supply your outerwear! Cool?