“X, Y & Z” by Anna Baumgarte & Liubov Moskvina.

“X, Y & Z” by Anna Baumgarte & Liubov Moskvina. (Asaf Kliger)


Curved inspiration in ice

We are often asked if living in a Monolithic Dome is like living in a cave. It’s hard for some people to imagine a bright and beautiful interior that’s curved. Even more difficult is imagining the possibilities a dome structure provides. Usually people ask questions about hanging pictures or how well furniture fits against the dome wall. Sometimes, however, designers break through the square world and show us how it’s done. In Sweden, a temporary ice hotel is a masterpiece of curved architecture.

It’s amazing. That’s all I can say. An art exhibit as architecture in ice. Nearly every room is curved with vaulted ceilings, sculpted columns, beautiful statues, and more. Various artists work every year to build these rooms from solid ice. This is the 26th year for the hotel.

Okay, so we may not want to carve elephants into the walls of a Monolithic Dome (or maybe you do), but the hotel gives us inspiration of what we can do with curved architecture. A dome home can be just as light and imaginative as the hotel.

As for the Ice Hotel. It’s in Sweden and hosts weddings, events, and tourists from around the world. They offer snowmobile rides, dog sledding, horseback riding, or just a night under the northern lights. It looks amazing.

At least until it melts in the spring.

“Live your time” by Jose Carlos Cabello Millan & Javier Alvaro Colomino Matassa.

“Live your time” by Jose Carlos Cabello Millan & Javier Alvaro Colomino Matassa. (Asaf Kliger)

“Don’t say don’t cry” by Petri Tuominen & Urs Koller.

“Don’t say don’t cry” by Petri Tuominen & Urs Koller. (Asaf Kliger)

The Main Hall design, “Goahti”, by Erik Fankki & Arne Bergh.

The Main Hall design, “Goahti”, by Erik Fankki & Arne Bergh. (Asaf Kliger)

“Hibernate” by Wouter Biegelaar & Viktor Tsarski.

“Hibernate” by Wouter Biegelaar & Viktor Tsarski. (Asaf Kliger)

“Rhythm of the Arctic” by Shingo Saito & Netsuke Saito.

“Rhythm of the Arctic” by Shingo Saito & Netsuke Saito. (Asaf Kliger)

“Elephant in the Room” by AnnaSofia Mååg.

“Elephant in the Room” by AnnaSofia Mååg. (Asaf Kliger)

“New Luc.” by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron.

“New Luc.” by Marjolein Vonk & Maurizio Perron. (Asaf Kliger)

“The Power of Love” by Sebastian Scheller & Kristina Möckel.

“The Power of Love” by Sebastian Scheller & Kristina Möckel. (Asaf Kliger)

“Cairn Forest” by Annie Hanauer and Matt Chan.

“Cairn Forest” by Annie Hanauer and Matt Chan. (Asaf Kliger)

“Counting Sheep” by Luca Roncoroni.

“Counting Sheep” by Luca Roncoroni. (Asaf Kliger)

“Momos” by Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen.

“Momos” by Lotta Lampa & Julia Gamborg Nielsen. (Asaf Kliger)

“Don’t say don’t cry” by Petri Tuominen & Urs Koller.

“Don’t say don’t cry” by Petri Tuominen & Urs Koller. (Asaf Kliger)

“Counting Sheep” by Luca Roncoroni.

“Counting Sheep” by Luca Roncoroni. (Asaf Kliger)

“The Labyrinth Saga” by Clara Lindencrona & Kristin Borg.

“The Labyrinth Saga” by Clara Lindencrona & Kristin Borg. (Asaf Kliger)

“Cesare’s Wake” by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti.

“Cesare’s Wake” by Petros Dermatas and Ellie Souti. (Asaf Kliger)

“Rhythm of the Arctic” by Shingo Saito & Natsuki Saito.

“Rhythm of the Arctic” by Shingo Saito & Natsuki Saito. (Asaf Kliger)

“Eye Suite” by Nicolas Triboulot & Cedric Alizard.

“Eye Suite” by Nicolas Triboulot & Cedric Alizard. (Asaf Kliger)

“The Flying Buttress” by AnnaKatrin Kraus & Hans Aescht.

“The Flying Buttress” by AnnaKatrin Kraus & Hans Aescht. (Asaf Kliger)

“Fractus” by Anja Kilian & Wolfgang A Lüchow.

“Fractus” by Anja Kilian & Wolfgang A Lüchow. (Asaf Kliger)

The Ice Church design is called “Connect” by Edith Maria Van der Wetering & Wilfred Stijger.

The Ice Church design is called “Connect” by Edith Maria Van der Wetering & Wilfred Stijger. (Asaf Kliger)

The IceBar Jukkasjärvi design is called “Tribute” by Elin Julin, Marinus Vroom and Jens Thoms Ivarsson.

The IceBar Jukkasjärvi design is called “Tribute” by Elin Julin, Marinus Vroom and Jens Thoms Ivarsson. (Asaf Kliger)

“Love Capsule” by Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison.

“Love Capsule” by Luc Voisin & Mathieu Brison. (Asaf Kliger)

“Show Me What You Got” by Tjåsa Gusfors & David Andrén.

“Show Me What You Got” by Tjåsa Gusfors & David Andrén. (Asaf Kliger)