Designer Rooms in the Arctic Circle ICEHOTEL

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Designer Rooms in the Arctic Circle ICEHOTEL

ICEHOTEL is an aptly named destination in Jukkasjärvi, a village 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, where ice sticks around even in the summer, making it an ideal location for a hotel made of snow and ice.

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Design, icehotel, suites

The hotel offers suites designed by artists and sculptors from all over the world. Construction begins at the beginning of December, and the hotel is opened up, room by room, with the final rooms completed by the end of December and staying open until the Spring thaw begins. This year's rooms are positively beautiful, or way cool if you're dying for a pun. Take a look at some of the ephemeral suites from this year.

Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites

ICEHOTEL writes, "Like most companies, we have a history and a business concept. Our ideas originate from the place we stand on; Jukkasjärvi. The river Torne that flows outside our office windows, the cold arctic climate, The Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun... with Jukkasjärvi and Torne River as a starting point, [we] develop and offer sensuous, inspiring and unique experiences within art, nature, accommodation and gastronomy. That reflects all seasons of the year."

Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites
Design, icehotel, suites

ICEHOTEL is constructed, in part, by using ice blocks harvested from the Thorne River during the spring, from which they also create and ship ice cups, plates and sculptures to other businesses and affiliates across the world. The hotel and business model is committed to becoming carbon negative by 2015 by producing more renewable energy than they consume.

Some other hand-picked posts you might enjoy on our Design Blog:

Artist in Residence Hotels: Uniquely Designed and Illustrated Rooms
A Bali Eco-Resort: Villas Designed by WoHa
Inspired by Iceland: A Creative Tourism Campaign

Via @earljwilkinson

Ward Andrews

Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started Design.org in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Design.org Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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