IceHotel’s new suite might convince visitors that they're in a romantic neighborhood of Paris, if it wasn’t for the fact that the lofty rooftops are carved out of icy blocks in Northern Sweden. French design studio Les Ateliers de Germaine carved the famous Parisian skyline into the walls of a room in the world’s most famous ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.
Somewhere between architecture and art, the temporary suite offers a trip to one of Paris’ historical districts. The designers wanted to recreate the city as seen through literature and cinema with discreetly illuminated dormer windows and chunky chimney pots that dominate the room and transform it into a 3D postcard from France. The outline of the famous Sacré-Cœur basilica was carved into one end, with rooftops scattered along the rest of the wall. The entire artwork looks a bit crooked and resembles cartoon scenery.
Since its first edition, IceHotel has been rebuilt 23 times, each year with more additions and extreme architectural experiments. The rest of the hotel includes wacky suites such as the one modeled on a crazy scientist’s laboratory.