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Published: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 6:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 9:19:15 AM

Paris on ice - in a hotel

'Up There' suite for the Ice Hotel by Ateliers de Germain. - Photo from Ateliers de Germain/AFP

'Up There' suite for the Ice Hotel by Ateliers de Germain. - Photo from Ateliers de Germain/AFP

Frozen Paris is the theme of new ice hotel suite in Sweden.

THE romance of Paris and the wilderness of the Arctic Circle might seem worlds away from one another, but they have been brought together thanks to a new suite at the Icehotel in Sweden.

Created by French design duo Les Ateliers de Germaine (www.lesateliersdegermaine.fr/les_ateliers_de_Germaine/actualites.html), “Up There” features the skyline of Montmartre carved into its icy walls.

The suite features jagged rooftops and the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, along with chimney pot ice sculptures, backlit windows and a bed frame made of blocks of ice.

Partners Luc Voisin and Mathieu Brison wanted to represent the “magical city, legendary city, romantic city, poetic city, symbolic city” that is Paris, and celebrate its position as a source of inspiration for artists and a destination for billions of tourists from all over the world.

”More than a design, more than an architecture, it’s a trip to the heart of one of the historical districts that we offer,” claim the pair. “You can feel the people living all around you, you might even see them if you’re curiously peeking out the window. You are part of the city, you are the city.”

It is one of ten suites specially designed “art suites” for the 24th edition of the Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, the world’s largest hotel built from snow and ice which is rebuilt every year.

Other art suites include “Mind the Gap” by Marcus Dillistone and Magdalena Akerström, which features an ice sculpture of an underground train, and “Pole Dancing” by Christine and Natalie Close, which counts a huge polar bear sculpture amongst its interior decor.

For more information about the Icehotel, see www.icehotel.com. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Travel, Lifestyle, ice hotel, hotel suite, themed room Frozen Paris, art room

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