It’s that time of year again, when we enjoy a first tantalising glimpse at the final designs for next season’s ICEHOTEL. And, this year promises to be extra special, as the Swedish icon looks forward to its 30th birthday celebrations.
As ever, the hotel invited all-comers to submit their designs for the winter hotel. But, with just 15 suites and, as it turned out, 126 entries, the competition was fierce. Among the winning entries, and a host of new artists, are some old faces, too, including the creators of last season’s ceremony hall – Natsuki and Shingo Saito – and British father-and-daughter duo Jonathan and Marnie Green, who we interviewed on these very pages last year.
Of what we’ve seen so far, here are our favourite five:
Feline Lair by Brian McArthur & Dawn Detarando
We all love a cat, don’t we? All warm and cuddly. So, what could be better than snuggling up next to one for the night in your very own ice room? Its fur looks a bit frosty, you say? Well, you can’t please everyone.
Kaleidoscope by Natsuki & Shingo Saito
This talented twosome were responsible for ICEHOTEL 29’s spectacular ice chapel. And this year they’ll be back to be let loose one of the hotel’s famous Art Suites. Kaleidoscopes are the theme, so if you get to stay in this one, perhaps go easy at the ICEBAR beforehand.
A Night at the Theatre by Jonathan Paul & Marnie Green
The return of the Brits – enough said.
Spring Dream by Zhao Lei & Zhai Yong
With what looks like an evocative leaf design and intricately sculpted stairway, this Art Suite will surely have you dreaming of warmer climates.
White Santorini by Haemee Han & Jaeyual Lee
Carrying on the theme of places that are warmer than the ICEHOTEL, this delightful design is based on the usually sun-kissed Greek island of Santorini. Close your eyes and you can almost feel the sand between your toes. Our tip? Keep your shoes on, and socks, several pairs works best.