Parisian rooftops sculpted in ice

Visitors to this year’s Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, can take a stroll among the rooftops of Paris thanks to French designers Les Ateliers de Germaine.

A special room is based on Montmartre and features a carved outline of the Sacré-Cœur basilica at one end, as well as a series of rooftops with illuminated windows and chimney pots.

Located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the Icehotel is the largest hotel built of snow and ice in the world.

It is constructed afresh every year and various artists are selected to create different themed rooms, allowing visitors to spend the night in sub-zero temperatures.

Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison of Paris-based Les Ateliers de Germaine designed their space to represent “a postcard from France”.

Voison said: “Paris seemed to be the best example of a French city known all over the world,”
“We thought about the way Paris is showed in cinema and literature. Because everything is a bit crooked in the room it looks like cartoon scenery.”

He added taht the process of creating the sculptures was challenging because of the extreme weather conditions

Other suites created this year include a room modelled on a Frankenstein-style laboratory by Swedish designers Pinpin Studio.