Having been one of the most iconic wintertime retreats in the world over the past two decades, Sweden’s Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi last week announced plans to build a permanent addition to its property that will be open for visitors all year round. Since first opening in 1989, the hotel has operated exclusively in the winter, partnering with different designers and architects every year to build one-of-a-kind rooms made of ice and snow.
“We’ve created many temporary ice experiences in the past, and we’ve seen an increasing interest for visiting Icehotel not just in winter,” says Icehotel founder Yngve Bergqvist. “Every summer, we have international visitors who arrive in Jukkasjarvi and ask us where they can see Icehotel–I look forward to being able to point it out to them.”
Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the region enjoys what is known as the midnight sun for 100 days each year. Banking on this abundance of sunlight, the new section, covering 1,200 square meters and comprising 20 suites, a bar, and a gallery, will run solely on solar power. Come winter, the permanent building will be part of the classic Icehotel property once the seasonal sections are erected.
“It really couldn’t be any simpler—we use the physics of Isaac Newton—the same that we normally use to make energy efficient housing that keeps the cold out, only in this project we use it in reverse,” architect and sustainable construction design expert Hans Eek said.
The hotel aims to open in December 2016.
For more information, visit Icehotel.