Have you always wanted to live in a house of prominent architect Frank Lloyd Wright? Dreaming of Le Corbusier and Peter Zumthor? We present seven holiday accommodations designed by known architects. Here you sleep in accommodations of great architects.
1. Snøhetta Architects “The 7th Room”, Harads (Sweden)
The guests of the “The 7th room”, inaugurated in 2017, should not be afraid of heights, because apart from the fact that it is a tree house, that rests on ten meters high, thin steel columns, and that you are at eye level with the surrounding treetops when brushing your teeth, you will otherwise miss a unique feature: the mesh terrace, which is located between the two bedrooms and on which you can roll out the sleeping bag provided if the weather is good.
Seen from below, the 55-square-meter house with the blackened wooden façade designed by Snøhetta’s architects is almost invisible, as the floor slab is printed with a black-and-white photo of pine trees stretching towards the sky. Among the most famous buildings of the Norwegian-American office, Snøhetta – the spectacular new opera house in Oslo, and a hunting lodge in western Norway that merges with the landscape.
The “7th room” also focuses on the experience of nature: the panorama windows in the living room face north, towards the northern lights, and the roof windows in the bedrooms also provide a clear view there.
2. Office KGDVS “Solo Office”, Matarraña (Spain)
Take 100 hectares of land in the mountainous Barcelona-Valencia-Saragossa triangle near the Els Ports nature reserve, divide it into vast plots and give 16 up-and-coming architectural firms to plan exceptional houses, which will then be rented out as holiday accommodation: This is the concept behind “Solo-Houses”, a project by developer and gallery owner Christian Bourdais.
The ring-shaped house of Belgium’s best-known architectural firm Office KGDVS (consisting of Kersten Geers and David Van Severen) is one of them, which turns upside down our ideas of what a house should look like. The narrow rooms are arranged in four areas in a round band with a garden and the pool in the center.
They have walls made of glass and perforated metal, which can be opened at will and provide a view of the grandiose landscape. The interior and exterior spaces merge here in a unique way.
3. Eduardo Souto de Moura “Casa 1015”, Porto (Portugal)
At the Architecture Biennale in Venice, he has been awarded the Golden Lion for the best project of the international exhibition “Freespace”: the juxtaposition of two aerial images before and after a conversion project of a country estate in the Alentejo.
Its minimalist chapel of natural stone blocks, part of the Vatican’s first contribution to the Biennale, invites visitors to contemplate: Eduardo Souto de Moura is Portugal’s most important contemporary architect, winner of the Pritzker Prize, also known as the Nobel Prize for Architecture.
In his hometown of Porto, the 66-year-old rebuilt and extended a narrow two-storey 19th-century cottage. The “Casa 1015” was just a bed & breakfast and has been rented as a holiday home since 2015, in which up to six guests can be accommodated in three bedrooms.
Situated on an L-shaped site in the narrow alleys of the Foz do Douro old town quarter, the house is as minimalist as Souto de Moura’s Venice Chapel – completely in white, beige and light grey shades – and has two interior gardens.
4. James Wyatt “The Birdhouse”, Badger Dingle (Shropshire/GB)
In the last third of the 18th century James Wyatt (1746-1813) was one of England’s most important architects, and there is a rumor that he was even in conversation as court architect of the Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great. Under the impression of a six-year stay in Italy, he designed houses in the style of classicism, later also neo-Gothic buildings belonged to his repertoire.
In 1773 Wyatt planned the neoclassical red sandstone pavilion near Birmingham for the coal and steel magnate Isaac Hawkins Browne. He wanted a little house inspired by Greek temples overlooking the landscape designed by William Emes.
The house, later called “The Birdhouse”, was used until the 1930s and then decayed until it was repaired in the 1990s. When the house fell to the Landmark Trust in 2015, it was completely renovated inside and outside and is now a romantic getaway for two. From the terrace lined with columns, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the greenery and hear nothing but the twittering of birds, the rustling of leaves and the splashing of water.
5. Le Corbusier “Studio Cité Radieuse”, Marseille (France)
The first “living machine” by Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the most influential architect of the 20th century, was built in Marseille between 1947 and 1951. The Unité d’Habitation, with more than 300 apartments, was a prototype of a new model of living based on a balance between the individual and the collective, which could be used independently of local conditions. This led to further Unités d’Habitation in Rezé near Nantes and in Berlin, among other places.
Shops were located on the third floor of the Cité Radieuse in Marseilles, and the roof terrace was open to all residents. Today there are no more shops, but there is a restaurant. In the meantime, the Unité d’Habitation with 16 other Le Corbusier buildings belongs to the world cultural heritage.
The studio in the Cité radieuse is 38 square metres large and stylishly furnished with furniture by Jean Prouvé, Pierre Paulin and Olivier Mourgue. The bed can be folded up so that you can move a little better in the living hose – and from the balcony you can see the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.
6. Peter Zumthor “Unterhus” and “Türmlihus”, Leis (Switzerland)
Peter Zumthor’s building for the Therme in Vals, which consists of ashlars clad in local grey quartzite, has been a pilgrimage site for fans of contemporary architecture since its opening in 1996. Two years later it was declared a historical monument.
In the hamlet of Leis, part of Vals, 1526 meters above sea level, Peter Zumthor has built three completely different houses – entirely of wood. One he lives in with his wife, who always dreamed of a wooden house, the other two are rented as holiday accommodation.
They offer fantastic views of the mountain landscape (there is no television) and are equipped not only with designer furniture but also with backpacks, sleds, binoculars, walking sticks.
7. Frank Lloyd Wright “The Eppstein House”, Galesburg (MI/USA)
He is still the most famous and influential American architect: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). His vision was an architectural style independent of the Old World, i.e. Europe, influenced by the American landscape, its materials and colours.
The “Eppstein House”, completed in 1953, is part of a settlement planned by Lloyd Wright with 21 estates in a park-like setting, of which only four were actually built at the end. A couple living in Canada bought the dilapidated house in 2016 and restored it from the ground up with great attention to detail – original 1950s tiles were used in the bathroom, the pool had to give way because it was added later.
“The Eppstein House”, with its two living rooms, three bedrooms and just as many terraces, offers space for six people, with lots of original furniture by the architects and other mid-century pieces. Nearby, another Lloyd Wright building can be visited: the Meyer May House in Grand Rapids.