ICEHOTEL’s 2016 Art Suites

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Creatives from across the world had a hand in creating the 26th edition of ICEHOTEL, which opened in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden in mid-December. Each year water and ice are collected from a nearby river to construct the lavish 55-room hotel in Swedish Lapland.

This year there are 19 custom-designed Art Suites. In one, Swedish designer Anna Sofia Mååg created a life-size, 3m-high elephant that towers over the bed. Another suite, called Cesare’s Wake, references 1920s cult horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and was designed by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti. Annie Hanauer and Matt Chan focused their design on Cairns, packing piles of ice slabs together to form floor to ceiling towers and arches.

The amount of snow used to create the hotel would make 700 million snowballs and more than 1 000 hand-cut ice crystals were used to make the chandeliers.

This year’s edition features flocks of animals, patterns drawn from nature, architecturally motivated designs and theatre-inspired schemes.

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