Today the Icehotel is one of Sweden’s best-known brands. Designed and rebuilt each year, it was the first of its kind. Up to 35,000 visitors a year find their way to Jukkasjärvi, 200 km inside the Polar Circle, to experience this unique destination where the temperature can reach minus 55 Celsius. The spare purity of the landscape and natural lighting that ranges from no daylight in winter to non-stop sun in the summer leave an indelible impression on visitors.
To create a magical world the snow-and-ice structure was lit with integrated lights creating contrasting areas of light and dark, and cold and warm colours. No candles should be used and the applied electrical light should be hidden.
Another issue was to extend the short winter days. Additional electric light stretched the days in the public areas, while at the same time the private rooms could be kept more magical.
Category: Architectural lighting design
Type of project: Hospitality
Comission: Lighting the main entrance, church, bar and hotel suite.
Client: Ice Hotel
Architect: Åke Larsson
Art Director: Arne Berg
Lighting design: Kai Piippo
Status: Project 1999–2002