There are few other companies that can claim to have disrupted an entire industry like that of AirBnB. Started by its founders as a means to cover their own rent, it’s quickly grown into a company used by millions from all over the world. And if you are a lover of great architecture, it can provide you the opportunity to stay in residences that you could only once admire from the outside.
The following are some of our favourite options currently available on AirBnB that are worth checking into. Literally.
On Mexico’s Oaxacan coast, you’ll find Casa Tiny. Built by architect Aranza de Ariño and inspired by Thoreau’s “Walden”, Casa Tiny certainly isn’t a misnomer. It may be small, but it’s also wonderfully isolated and just a short distance to the ocean.
If you need to disconnect and get back to yourself, this is a great option. Taking in a unique space along with the tropical weather will lower your shoulders as you unwind.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Villa Vista at Mirissa, Sri Lanka. This cliff top villa is large, extravagant and has all the amenities for a first class stay. It was designed by Shigeru Ban, a Japanese and Pritzker prize winning architect and features an eight acre garden, fitness room, affinity pool and more all located on a cliff top with amazing views of Weligama bay.
When you think of Hollywood, you think of glitzy and glamorous – sometimes bordering on gaudy. But tucked away among all the cosmetically enhanced surroundings is a beautiful and rustic mid-century retreat. The Buff and Hensman house is the true definition of mid-century modern with the style and amenities rarely found in West Hollywood, including a pool, jacuzzi and most importantly, three quarters of an acre of privacy. The house was updated by a local LA architectural design collective Commune and is perfect for an intimate stay or with a larger party.
Even those that know very little about architecture and design will know the importance that Frank Lloyd Wright has had on American architecture. The Schwartz House allows you to stay in the house he designed for LIFE Magazine’s “Dream House”. Designed in 1938, it features all of the elements that represent Wright’s style and influence on American design.
Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin on the East Twin River and about a mile from Lake Michigan, the owner has given the house the care and attention it deserves to match the architect’s vision with furnishings that represent his mid-century influence. The home represents an incredible opportunity to experience the work of an American icon.
If you’re looking to unplug and unwind but don’t want to travel as far as Mexico to Casa Tiny, a popular option is the Off-Grid itHouse located in San Bernardino, California. Known for it’s limited environmental footprint, it’s one of AirBnB’s more famous residences, even voted one of the 10 best AirBnB’s in the world.
But the intent when you stay here is to truly get away from it all. With no television and no wi-fi, the the house is 100% off-grid, powered by solar panels for energy and hot water, and is located in a pristine remote valley in the beautiful California high desert.
The design is modern, simple and intended to get the most of the beautiful surroundings, including clear desert nights. For this reason, it’s been featured by such publications as Dwell, Sunset and the LA Times.