Preview the Spectacular Designs for Icehotel Sweden’s 30th Anniversary Season

Art Suite at Icehotel Sweden

Art Suite Haven, 2018. Designed by Jonas Johansson, Jordi Claramunt & Lukas Petko. (Photo: Asaf Kliger)

When Sweden's Icehotel opens its doors to visitors in December, it will be welcoming guests into a very special season at the groundbreaking hotel. Thirty years ago, in 1989, Icehotel offered a revolutionary experience by opening to the public, allowing guests to stay in a structure made of ice and snow. The unique hotel has been pushing boundaries ever since by asking designers to create special art suites each season. And for Icehotel's 30th anniversary, the designs are better than ever.

Eighteen design teams from around the world will contribute to the 2019 Icehotel interiors. This includes the art suites, main hall, Icebar, and ceremony hall. Over 125 projects were submitted for consideration, and many of the design teams for this important season have a history with Icehotel. For instance, Icebar designers Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison first worked on a project with Icehotel in 2012. Their celebratory Icebar is titled Torneland and plays on a carnival theme to celebrate the nearby Torne River, where 5,000 tons of ice are sourced annually to create the entire hotel.

Icehotel Sweden Main Hall

Main Hall 2018. Designed by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron. (Photo: Asaf Kliger)

All of the teams will make their way to Jukkasjärvi, a village about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in mid-November to start work on their projects. In total, artists from 34 countries will work to produce the spectacular vision of the 2019 Icehotel. While many of the teams include artists with backgrounds in sculpture, architecture, and interior design, Icehotel also selected teams with different specialties. Psychology and game design are some of the other unique fields that are represented in the winning sketches.

When the doors of Icehotel open on December 13, 2019, visitors will be able to appreciate the final vision of these skilled artists. But for now, take a look at some of the sketches that give a glimpse of what's in store for the 30th anniversary of Icehotel Sweden.

For the 30th anniversary of Sweden's Icehotel, 18 design teams will work to create interiors from ice and snow.

Icehotel Sweden - 30th Anniversary

A Night at the Theater. Designed by Jonathan Paul Green and Marnie Green.

Room Designs for Ice Hotel in Sweden

Warm Up. Designed by Tomasz Czajkowski and Aleksandra Pasek.

Ice Hotel Designs

Feline Lair. Designed by Brian MacArthur and Dawn Detarando.

Room Designs for Ice Hotel in Sweden

Ginko Ceremony Hall. Designed by Kauppi & Kauppi.

Ice Hotel Interior Concepts

Kaleidoscope. Designed by Natsuki Saito and Shingo Saito.

Some designs were inspired by the nearby Torne River, where the ice to build the hotel is sourced.

Icehotel Sweden - 30th Anniversary

Torneland Icebar. Designed by Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison.

Icehotel Sweden - 30th Anniversary

Echoes of the Torne River. Designed by Francisco Cortés Zamudio.

Ice Hotel Designs

Tip of the Iceberg. Designed by Franziska Agrawal.

Work to bring the teams' creative vision to life will begin in mid-November.

Art Suite Designs for Icehotel Sweden

Golden Ice. Designed by Nicolas Triboulot and Jean Marie Guitera.

Icehotel Sweden - 30th Anniversary

White Santorini. Designed by Haemee Han and Jaeyual Lee.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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