Cold Architecture

6 Dec

The last few and next few days reflect a forecast of frigid precipitation, and the true beginning of winter. All of Boone’s ice and cold have caused me to recall a childhood fascination: Ice Hotel.

For those of you unfamiliar with this magical concept, the ice hotel is fairly self descriptive. Reconstructed every year, these inns are rendered entirely out of ice in some of the world’s most brumal getaways. The original ice hotel, formally, Ice Hotel, is located in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden. Each year between December and April 30,000 tons of snow and 10,000 tons of ice from the Torne River become elegant, post-modern architecture. With the exception of massive furs adoring all surfaces meant for sitting, everything in the hotel is made of ice, from the beds to the drink glasses at the famous Ice Bar.

So, if your apartment isn’t cold enough for you- book now! The simplest rooms are only about $350 a night, and can be booked in combination with the resort’s more traditional, heated facilities. The owners highly suggest it.

Click here for more images of last year’s Ice Hotel.

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