All over the world, you can tour tons of extraordinary homes with the masses. But have you ever thought about what it might be like to spend the night? Thanks to sites like Airbnb and Vrbo, you can have classic and modern masterpieces created by some of history’s most prolific architects all to yourself.
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Le Corbusier, here are 7 architectural wonders that are perfectly preserved in their splendor and rent-ready. The only thing more impressive than the iconic and innovative houses themselves might be how shockingly reasonable most of the prices are.
Eppstein House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Galesburg, Michigan
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most celebrated American architects of all time. Every house he created is considered an unmatched work of art and this one has been featured in 150 magazines. Completely restored in 2017, you and four other people are invited to rent the Eppstein House for a few days.
Designed for Samuel and Dorothy Eppstein, this 1950s gem is revered as one of the best-preserved Prairie School-style houses in existence. Along with award-winning architecture, you’ll be surrounded by rare collectibles, art, architecture books, and magazines. You’re also welcome to use the record player.
Villa Santanyi by John Pawson in Mallorca, Spain
John Pawson is one of the most celebrated minimalist architects of all time. At Villa Santanyi, it’s easy to see why. With very little artwork or decor, this Mallorca masterpiece is a brilliant example of his ability to make austere environments surprisingly cozy and intimate.
Those who’ve stayed have noted that the stunning space “radiates complete calmness and serenity.” If you go in August, the owner says “you can even sleep on the roof, look at the immense sky above you and watch the stars at night. It is just amazing.” Then take a dip in the saltwater pool or stroll the private beach. Or maybe both. The Mallorca coast will be your oyster, after all.
Yoshino Cedar House by Go Hasegawa in Yoshino-gun, Japan
Tokyo-based architect Go Hasegawa collaborated with Airbnb’s design studio, Samara, to grace us with this rural wonder. Built entirely out of locally sourced materials, the Yoshino Cedar House was initially dreamed up to boost the economy of Yoshino, Japan.
Warm, bright, and nestled on the bank of the Yoshino River, milled cedar wood covers every surface. Upstairs, two private rooms are rentable. One offers a view of the sunset and the other room is ideal for those who prefer to see the sunrise. On the first floor, however, it’s more of an open house where you can mingle with the locals.
Ravenscroft by George Washington Smith in Montecito, California
His career may not have been as long as some of the other prolific names on this list, but George Washington Smith earned his spot via masterful craftsmanship and unmatched romance. One of the most influential architects in West Coast home design and frequently credited with popularizing the Spanish Colonial Revival style, he reshaped countless coastal landscapes in the 20th century. If you’ve seen the breathtaking mansions all over cities like Santa Barbara and Montecito, you know just how influential Smith truly is.
Located in the heart of Montecito, this private 2-acre estate boasts a pool, spa, tennis court, and a view worth writing home about. Per Tripsite, “Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.”
La Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier in Marseille, France
Better known as Le Corbusier, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret was a pioneer of modern architecture, sometimes regraded by architectural historians as the most important architect of the modern age. The Swiss-French architect, urban planner, and multifaceted artist designed the world-famous, endlessly studied La Cité Radieuse with inspiring radical design change in mind. And all of the original details remain intact.
The Brutalist-style apartment building features a solarium, a rooftop terrace, views from your 6th-floor room of the Mediterranean, a balcony, and with modern times in mind, super speedy WiFi.
Ex of In House by Steven Holl in Rhinebeck, New York
Looking for a uniquely picturesque upstate getaway? Consider booking the Ex of In House in Rhineback, New York. You won’t be disappointed.
Designed by Steven Holl (who also designed the Kennedy Center in D.C.), you’re invited to immerse yourself in your surroundings in the most eco-friendly, forward-thinking of ways. Fully solar-powered and boasting panoramic views, you’ll truly feel at one with nature.
La Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill in Calpe, Spain
Arguably Catalan’s most famous architect, Ricardo Bofill has made his masterful mark all over Spain and France. La Muralla Roja in Alicante is considered one of his most remarkable projects. It’s been ranked in the top 10 of his most iconic works. Officially, it’s also a five-star Airbnb you can rent.
If I were you, I’d take a virtual tour of this postmodern apartment complex in Manzanera, Calpe, Spain immediately. Guests frequently note that it’s unlike any other place they’ve ever seen, much less stayed. And the fact that it has a rooftop pool with views of the sea doesn’t hurt.
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