15 artists and designers selected to create 30th-anniversary edition of Sweden's Ice Hotel

Designs have been released for the latest edition of the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, northern Sweden, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The competition saw 126 applications received from artist teams across 34 different countries and 15 were chosen to create designs for the hotel, which will open on 13 December.

In addition, three teams received a special invitation to create the new main and ceremony hall, as well as the Icebar in the year-around hotel area, Icehotel 365.

The concepts chosen include “Bone Room” by UK artist and sculptor Robert Harding; “Spring Dream” by Chinese duo Zhao Lei and Zhao Yong; and “Tip of The Iceberg” created by Franziska Agrawal, an industrial designer and artist from Germany.

Luca Roncoroni, creative director at Icehotel said: ”It’s been a challenge to choose between all the amazing design ideas, but I believe we've ended up with a great mix of expressions, themes and playfulness for this year’s Ice Hotel. This winter will truly be something special.”

Roncoroni added that another addition to this year’s hotel – a viewing platform, where guests can see the surrounding landscape and the Torne River – was in honour of the river, “without which the Ice Hotel wouldn’t be celebrating 30 years of fantastic artwork”.

The hotel was founded in 1989 when Swedish entrepreneur, Yngve Bergqvist, launched the concept. The hotel has welcomed more than a million visitors in the years since.

As the Icehotel gears up for its 30th winter, Bergqvist said: “In 1989 we had no idea how much attention a hotel made of ice and snow would get, but here we are, ready to celebrate Icehotel’s fantastic history, as well as its exciting future.”

The art exhibition will be created when the snow first hits Jukkasjärvi, which is expected to be around mid-November.

The snow, ice and light will then transform the destination into “Icehotel #30”.

The full list of 15 artist and suite titles selected for the project are:

“The Day After”

Marjolein Vonk, art director, stylist and artist, NetherlandsMaurizio Perron, sculptor and artist, Italy

“Subterranean”

Jörgen Westin, artist and industrial designer, SwedenDaniel Rosenbaum, artist and designer, Australia/ Canada

“Feline Lair”

Brian McArthur, artist and sculptor, CanadaDawn Detarando, artist and sculptor, Canada

“Ruossut – the light you can hear”

Anna Öhlund, photographer, sculptor and artist, SwedenJohn Pettersson, lighting designer, Sweden

“Clear Water”

AnnaSofia Mååg, artist and sculptor, SwedenNiklas Byman, entrepreneur and former Icehotel ice-production technician, Sweden

“Echoes – of the Torne River”

Francisco Cortés Zamudio, artist, Chile/Germany

“White Santorini”Haemee Han, designer and landscape architect, USA/South Korea

Jaeyual Lee, architect, USA

“Bone Room”Robert Harding, artist and sculptor, UK/South Africa/Spain

“Spring Dream”

ZhaoLei, artist and sculptor, ChinaZhaoYong, artist and sculptor, China

“Golden Ice”

Nicolas Triboulot, designer, FranceJean-Marie Guitera, sound and game designer, Australia

“Kaleidoscope”

Natsuki Saito, ice sculptor, architect, designer, JapanShingo Saito, ice sculptor, Japan

“A Night At The Theatre”

Jonathan Paul Green, production designer, UKMarnie Green, art student, UK

“Tip Of The iceberg”

Franziska Agrawal, industrial designer and artist, Germany

“Warm Up” Tomasz Czajkowski, interior designer, Poland

Aleksandra Pasek, psychologist and writer, Poland

“6 Feeling”Vladimir Barsukov, sculptor and photographer, Russia

Ekaterina Barsukova, designer and sculptor, Russia

Ice Hotel  Sweden  Jukkasjärvi  30th anniversary  Torne River  snow 
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