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Monday, December 13, 2010

Ice Hotel In Sweden is Homage to TRON

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto

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Images credit Extreme Design

In the slideshow Frosty Receptions: Snow Palaces and Ice Hotels Around the World, I wrote that "Ice is perhaps the greenest building material; it is made by nature and at the end of its useful life just melts away." Another virtue of working with ice is that every year you get to do a different design. This year's ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, has a room with a TRON theme.

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The designers try out a room
Designers Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones of Extreme Design tell Designboom:

We are both massive TRON fans, so the timing of the release of Disney's new 3d high-tech adventure, TRON: legacy, this month was absolutely perfect. The suite itself takes most of it's influence from a nightclub scene in the film involving one of our favorite music artist daft punk, who wrote the score for the film.
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in the gallery of hotel
The designers say that they are "using futuristic lighting technologies that use negligible amounts of energy." More at Designboom and Extreme Design

More Ice Hotels
Frosty Receptions: Snow Palaces and Ice Hotels Around the World
Ice Hotel for Romania's Carpathian Mountains


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