By Anna Sekula Posted February 7, 2013, 3:31 PM EST
Like planners, venue operators have been coming up with unexpected themes as a way to entice—and immerse—guests. In fact, a number of places take their design concepts to the extreme, and in some cases have even influenced events. In one instance, a Swedish hotel made almost entirely from snow and ice inspired designer Karl Lagerfeld to build an iceberg as the centerpiece for the 2010 Chanel Paris Fashion Week show.
For those looking for new ideas—or are just plain curious—here's a roundup of some of the most unusual themed venues from around the world.