Located just miles north of the Arctic Circle, the ICEHOTEL in Sweden has invited guests to co-design their own haute couture suites during their stay, with one caveat—the rooms are made of ice.
“We want to create a forum in which guests can express their own design ideas and experiment with ice as an art material,” said Arne Bergh, creative director of ICEHOTEL. “The beauty of ice is that it only exists briefly and then goes away, it unleashes an incredible creativity in people.”
The suites, like ICEHOTEL itself, are made of the exclusive natural ice from the river Torne and all the artwork inside is original and handmade. Torne is one of the last untouched rivers of Europe and is completely free of pollutants, giving it a premium quality and such clarity that the one meter thick blocks, which are harvested from the river, are completely transparent and without air bubbles.
Each suite, which will be made exclusively for the client, will cost $231,000, making it one of the most expensive hotels in the world, and after departure, it will be left to return to the river as the springtime sun returns.
Once it is gone, clients will be given a bottle containing some of the melted water, along with the sketches and blueprints for the design and photographs of the suite.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to environmental initiatives in the Baltic Sea, where the river Torne runs into the ocean. The package includes a face-to-face consultation in the client’s hometown, as well as a complimentary stay at ICEHOTEL during the creation of the suite which can take up to two weeks.