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Competitive Ice Hoteling

Designers Sculpt Their Way to Sweden's Heart

— March 18, 2009 — World
Nothing is more of a break from the boring than a perfectly sculpted ice hotel. The very idea of sleeping in a luxury freezer is odd and exciting.  Trendhunter spotted the world’s first ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, and the resort has melted and been re-built every year since. The incredible architecture this April is stunning as the competition becomes more and more fierce to be a featured designer. 

Especially beautiful is the “Mush-room” with intricate fungus carvings, and the night sky replica complete with moon and glittering stars by Japanese woodworker Hiroyoshi Saka. The Absolute Icebar, named after the famous Swedish vodka, is also a necessary fixture.

It must be sad to watch all that hard work melt away into the Torne River in the end.
Trend Themes
1. Luxury Ice Hotels - The trend of luxury ice hotels creates opportunities for disruptive innovation in the hospitality industry by offering unique and unforgettable experiences.
2. Ice Sculpture Competitions - The trend of ice sculpture competitions presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in the art and design industry by pushing the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship.
3. Eco-friendly Ice Architecture - The trend of eco-friendly ice architecture opens up opportunities for disruptive innovation in sustainable design and construction by exploring new materials and techniques that minimize environmental impact.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - The luxury ice hotel trend presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the hospitality industry to attract adventurous travelers seeking extraordinary experiences.
2. Art and Design - Ice sculpture competitions offer disruptive innovation opportunities for the art and design industry to showcase breathtaking works of art and foster artistic collaboration.
3. Construction and Architecture - The trend of eco-friendly ice architecture creates disruptive innovation opportunities for the construction and architecture industry to develop sustainable building methods for temporary structures.
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