Frank Lloyd Wright once said "A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines". He never designed an Ice Hotel, where your mistakes just melt away in the spring. Every year, a new one gets built in Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden, with rooms designed by different artists.
Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth of PINPIN Studio design " for play and play situations", and were certainly playful with this year's Ice Hotel, with its "Beam me up" theme. Architizer describes it:
The project’s title, “Beam Me Up”, alludes to the several space ships that grace the room’s interiors. The columns are lit so as to resemble beams of lights emanating from flying saucers (the column capitals). The motif is repeated, albeit in different form, above the head of the master bed, where a halo of light fans out from under a silhouetted UFO engraved on the wall.
So how do you sleep on a block of ice? The Icehotel explains:
When it's time to go to bed, you pick up a sleeping bag and sheets from the reception desk in the warm building connected to the ICEHOTEL. You can choose between single or double sleeping bags. For a good night's sleep, we recommend sleeping in thermal underwear (such as a long-johns and long-sleeved undershirt) and a hat. Preferably woollen.... The bed you'll sleep on is made of blocks of ice, a wooden base and a mattress covered with reindeer skin. Instead of a door, you pull a curtain in front of it. The snow wall are very sound isolating, so a loudly snoring neighbour will not keep you awake.