Located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, ICE HOTEL may be the epitomy of ephemeral and temporal architecture. The world’s first and largest hotel built out of snow and ice is an inhabitable work of art that takes on a new form each year.
The existence of the ICE HOTEL is entirely reliant upon the climate and Torne River, from which the 4000 tonnes of ice are harvested each year between March and April.
The architecture is a form of exhibition as well. Each year artists are handpicked to design and build the Art Suites within the ICE HOTEL. The whole process invoved about 100 people and is constructed between November and December.