Project: Solar Egg / Icehotel
Design by: Bigger & Bergström
Location: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Photo by: With the approval of the architects
Solar Egg and Icehotel
Ice and heat – two contrasts meet when the world-famous Riksbyggen Solar Egg sauna by Bigert & Bergström arrives at Icehotel’s global tourist destination in Jukkasjärvi. With its inauguration on Monday 2 March 2020, both parties want to focus on global warming.
From March to May 2020 visitors to the unique Icehotel in the world in Jukkasjärvi will be able to have a sauna at the award-winning Solar Egg created by artist duo Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen. This collaboration focuses on climate change and the role of humans in increasing world temperatures and their effects on the North Pole.
“We are increasingly focused on our art on climate issues, and it is very important to show how quickly glaciers in the Arctic are melting, not least in Kebnekaise,” said artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström.
Since the artwork and sauna were first built in Kiruna in the spring of 2017, to celebrate Riksbyggen’s initial construction of 250 homes in Malmfälten, Solar Egg has become a worldwide phenomenon. Solar Egg has visited Paris, the US and Copenhagen. In Sweden, eggs have been shown at Artipelag in Stockholm and Björkliden in Lapland, Gällivare, Kiruna, and Rättvik in Dalarna.
“We are happy to lend Solar Eggs to beautiful locations or attractive urban environments which are then reflected in the egg’s facade and create conversations that encourage sustainable development. We want to contribute to the new Kiruna, both by building new housing but also by placing Kiruna on the map in the tourism industry, “said Johanna Frelin, CEO of Riksbyggen.
Visitors will be able to book their own sauna experience on Solar Egg through the Icehotel website, www.icehotel.com. Changing facilities, other services, and options for visitors to rent towels will be provided by the hotel, according to Luca Roncoroni, Creative Director at Icehotel.
“This winter, Icehotel celebrated its 30th birthday, and it was very important to welcome the Solar Egg here. The climate problem is the focal point of our daily work and is important for our existence – Icehotel is built from crystal clear ice from the Torne River, the material that melts back into the river, “Luca continued.
The Solar Egg will be inaugurated on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, by, among others, Johanna Frelin, CEO of Riksbyggen. Opening hours are 12-2pm and 3-5pm Tuesday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday 7-9 nights. Sauna bookings open on February 18.
About Riksbyggen Solar Eggs by Bigert & Bergström
Famous artists duo Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström have held various major exhibitions in Europe, China and the United States. Solar Egg, which is 5 × 4 meters high, has a gold-plated stainless steel shell that reflects the city and its natural surroundings. The standalone shell consists of 69 gold plates that can be removed, making mobile construction. Inside, the eggs are heated by heart-shaped wood burners.
The Solar Egg was designed for Riksbyggen by Bigert & Bergström to symbolize a new beginning with respect to the Kiruna transformation. In 2017, Riksbyggen signed a cooperation agreement with LKAB to create 250 new houses in Malmfälten. In 2018, Riksbyggen began to build the first Brf Fjällvyn apartment building in Kiruna, which was the first project implemented in the agreement. Brf Midnight Sun is project number two with the first residents moving in October 2020.
Solar Egg for Riksbyggen has received several awards, including the prestigious Red Dot Award, the Steel Business Award in 2017 and the German Design Award and Swedish Arts & Business Awards. Solar Egg has also been awarded a silver award at the Swedish Design Award and bronze at the London International Award. More than one billion people have been able to read about saunas on traditional and social media. A book about Solar Eggs was published in 2019 by the publisher Art & Theory.
About Icehotel Jukkasjärvi
Every spring, the hotel brings fresh ice to hotel rooms next year and allows designers and artists from around the world to design interiors with ice. Bigert & Bergström Egg Sauna will stand on the river bank next to the hotel. Because the small art gallery, which was the forerunner and inspiration of Icehotel, was built in 1989, this gallery has been reborn in a new vintage model every winter for thirty years, in the village of Jukkasjärvi 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. That was the beginning of this journey that introduced the world to the Torne River, and the Torne River to the world. The permanent facility opened in 2016, offering visitors the opportunity to sleep surrounded by snow and ice throughout the year – with the help of solar energy.
Project description and photo provided by Riksbyggen