Photo: Asaf Kliger

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Blue Houses

Interior design by Kauppi & Kauppi for ICEHOTEL

A minimalist tribute to houses, dwellings and tranquility - a deluxe suite built of ice and snow

In May 2016 Kauppi & Kauppi were invited to contribute with our design in the creation of the ICEHOTEL 365, an all year around new addition to the classic ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi Sweden.

ICEHOTEL is a world-famous hotel and an art exhibition made of ice and snow, founded in 1989. Until 2016 it was only possible to sleep in the hotel during the winter months. ICEHOTEL 365´s structure, cooled by solar panels, makes it possible to remain the crisp icy rooms even in summer and the hotel can be visited year-round. Jukkasjärvi is situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and during summer the sun remains above the horizon for 100 consecutive days.

The deluxe suite "Blue Houses" by Kauppi & Kauppi is a little village of houses built out of strong snow walls and beautiful ice windows. The cold materials are formed to iconic shapes with clear lines, where dreamy dimmed light reflects from the inaccessible insides. Many other houses will be standing for hundreds of years and the materials will leave traces even when the house is gone, retelling its story. The day Blue Houses melts to the ground they will leave no other trace than perhaps a growing sprout of a watered seed.

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Photo: Asaf Kliger

Icehotel Magazine 2017, Suite Blue Houses by Kauppi & Kauppi