Ice Hotel 2019 Competition Submission 1: Hillside Cave.
The Hillside Cave is envisioned on a rolling mountainside. Entering the room, the visitor is located at the bottom of a sloped landscape that is defined by nubby, rolling topography. A small seating nook is located at the front of the room, where the ceiling height is the highest, creating a cozy, light-filled gathering space. Following a stepped path upward through the rolling landscape, the texture of the surrounding landscape transitions from snowy and opaque to icy and clear. At the top of the steps, the pathway opens up into the sleeping area, where the ceiling is the lowest, creating a cave-like space for rest and respite.
Ice Hotel 2019 Competition Submission 2: A Landscape of Ice.
This design was inspired by the structure and form of plants through various landscape typologies across the globe. As the visitor enters the Ice Hotel, they are greeted by a tall grove of ice columns. These tall, square columns evoke the height and scale of forests and woodlands. As one moves through the space, the columns slowly reduce in scale, reaching their smallest point at the bed. There, a ‘prairie’ of shorter and narrower ice columns are spaced closely together to form the texture and scale of grasses found in plains and flatlands. Collectively, this landscape of ice creates a spectacular experience that looks different from every angle, while the structural nature of the ice columns demonstrates stability and security.