ICEHOTEL Sweden #28 is now open for the 2017-18 season, and, if you’ve followed the making series on Chalk & Moss, you’ll have seen how it’s all been carved from snow and ice. Now’s the time to reveal the full ice hotel room scheme by British design duo Hugh and Howard Miller!
A Rich Seam – an Ice Hotel room design by Hugh and Howard Miller
A prospector is magnetised North.
He starts digging.
Soon there is a cavern.
Is he mad? He buries the thought.
The earth is split.
A half light exposed in the half light.
Is there more? He thinks so.
He follows the rich seam.
The concept behind Ice Hotel room design “A Rich Seam” comes from the ICEHOTEL phenomenon itself. Brothers Hugh and Howard Miller explain: People are inexplicably drawn to the North. Their discovery of its beauty is like unearthing a rare stone; they fear reporting the find in case someone takes it from them. The ICEHOTEL community are a rich seam of artistic thought and experiment; a mine of material and ideas. The snow and ice of the River Tarne are enchanted materials. They have the otherworldly power to contain and extend the light of Jukkasjarvi.
The idea behind their ice hotel room design is like digging down into a mine. This reveals a seam of ice, and one continues digging further through the snow and ice.
Upon entering the rounded room, your eye draws towards a faint glow in the ice. Touch it, and realise the glow is emanating from a seam that follows the iced perimeter of the cavernous room, drawing you further inside. This ice hotel room consists of several connected rounded spaces carved out of snow, like spheres that have collided.
The Ice Hotel Room Design
The room has an open-ended arch with snow blocks around the edges. These blocks were laboriously carved with a chainsaw. The Miller brothers installed a seam over the snow using a heat plate technique that allows light to pass through, to which feature lighting was added. They filled the arch with snow and buried the seam. The seam was then carefully shaped into diamond like forms that glow through the snow.
Photos by Hugh and Howard Miller, unless specified.