Solar Power Will Keep This Ice Hotel Nice and Cold All Year Round

By Bryan Lufkin on at

Usually, cold ice and the hot sun don’t mix (you can thank me for the science lesson later). But at the famed IceHotel in Sweden, solar panels will keep the establishment frosty all day, all year.

The ice hotel (the world’s first) is usually reconstructed every year out of snow and ice blocks, and stays open from autumn to spring. But now, they’re announcing plans to build an addition that’ll run solely on rooftop solar panels, which will keep the inner chambers below freezing temperatures all year long.

By the time the annex is finished, it’ll be 13,000-square-feet and pack in a bar and art gallery, in addition to at least 20 suites.

The hotel is located is Jukkasjärvi, a Swedish village 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Usually, the hotel’s annual construction uses ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River, and each year, artists submit ideas for that year’s hotel design. By summer, the hotel melts away.

It was the Gothenburg design firm PinPin Studio that pitched the idea for a solar-powered, permanent section of the hotel. See, up in Jukkasjärvi, they have what they call “the midnight sun” — that’s when the sun is visible 24 hours during the summer months, a phenomenon spotted in locales north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. So instead of the hotel being deconstructed for the warmer months, this section of the hotel could keep running even in summer. The hotel says these solar-powered suites could open by the end of next year.

If nothing else, this goes to show what you can do with green energy when you think outside the box.

Solar Power Will Keep This Ice Hotel Nice and Cold 24/7

Solar Power Will Keep This Ice Hotel Nice and Cold 24/7

Solar Power Will Keep This Ice Hotel Nice and Cold 24/7

Solar Power Will Keep This Ice Hotel Nice and Cold 24/7

[IceHotel via Inhabitat]

All renderings courtesy of Ice Hotel and credited PinPin Studios.