Thursday, December 03, 2009
Ice Hotel Winners
Swedish Lapland Welcomes NYC Designers for Construction of Winning ICEHOTEL Suite Competition.
Each year the internationally renowned ICEHOTEL, located above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, becomes a platform for contemporary ephemeral art. Artists from around the globe compete to design and construct ICEHOTEL’s Art & Design Suites.
The 15 winning entries for ICEHOTEL’s Art & Design Suites 2009-10 competition include the New York City-based design team of Andre Landeros Michel and Dennis Rolland, whose “Gotham on Ice” suite received a huge nod from the Nordic judges. Their winning proposal offered nuances of Manhattan’s glittering skyline, Cole Porter’s sultry tunes, and a spark of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Andre Landeros is an independent creative director with a visionary approach and his own design atelier. Dennis Rolland is an accomplished interior designer who has worked both in the USA and abroad.
In November Michel and Rolland will board a plane for Sweden to craft their award-winning design into a habitable ice suite that will be made using only ice and snow for material. They will have 2.5 weeks to complete the instillation.
Located in Jukkasjärv, Sweden and celebrating its 20th anniversary, ICEHOTEL is the world’s largest hotel made of ice and show. The 5,500 square meter complex includes an Ice church and an Icebar. It is constructed anew every November-December and melts in April-May. This winter season ICEHOTEL is open December 10, 2009-April 18, 2010.
ICEHOTEL’s accommodation features snow rooms, ice rooms and Art suites. Additionally, guests may book a wide range of snowmobile excursions such as Arctic Trail that takes one through the wilderness trails of Swedish Lapland’s aboriginal people, the Sami, whose life is integrally tied to reindeer migration. Fishing for char, trout and grayling, sauna and dinner programs, ice driving, moose watching, ice sculpting, Northern Lights viewing, and dog sled safaris are just a few more of ICEHOTEL’s tour options.
During the season ICEHOTEL will accommodate 15,000 international guests who will stay in the one-of-a-kind suites. More than 30,000 curious visitors will visit the facility, which is open to the public daily from 10 am to 6 pm.