The sculpting of ice for most New Yorkers involves rainbow-colored shaved iced cones in the summers or yellow snow in the winter. Fortunately for the natives of Tannforsen, Sweden, they can enjoy winter the way nature intended. One such person is Susan Christianen who recently completed this interior design project for the Tannforsen Igloos. A graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands, Christianen has worked with several ice hotels. Several of these projects and others can be seen here on coroflot.
The Tannforsen Igloos are located on the slope of the Tannforsen waterfall which freezes every winter. Among these cold months construction begins on these igloos, usually finished around Christmas time. The constructors of the space realized that similarly to a solidified interior, this ice igloo would require decoration. In collaboration with Anna Ohlund, Susan Christianen produced these stunning, sculptural facades that bring multiple elements of nature into this visceral space. Inspired by the tree of life Anna utilizes the root work of the tree to harmonize two different spaces, or contain a given room.
Usually the interiors of ice structures feel, well cold, however these sculpted interiors feel more refined. The roots really connect the relationship between nature and architecture. We're always excited to see projects involving ice as we wrote this past summer.