4 Frequent Flyer Houses We So Wish Were on Airbnb
The service doesn't have these to book, but we're convinced every continental nomad that wants to touch down, unpack, and dust off in these romantic and unusual homes should get a shot.
While poking around Airbnb, one of our favorite peer-to-peer rental services, and watching the Caio Italy! episode of House Hunters International, a Why Not Question began shuffling around. Isn't it possible to combine these two great tastes into a package of sorts for the traveler (or house hunter) looking for something to rent for a few days, but tilting this side of unusual? Add in architecture from designers speaking a whole other language for dwelling spaces, and we found four to stamp your passport.
Called the "Dune House," this coastal home built in 2010 is just south of the Thorpeness village and designed by Norway's Jarmund/Vigsnes firm. It actually is a rental through Living Architecture. It sleeps nine (if you have the mind to bring a party). Simple, powerful lines and still the nesting feeling of an English bed and breakfast inn. Choice.
You can pack up this portable wooden house and take it on the road. Built by Madrid's Abaton Arquitectura, these are on the cozy side (good for two people). Made of recyclable products with an interior of Spanish Fir timber, the floor plan is surprisingly spacious and airy because it's designed like a giant enclosed patio. These small homes take a little over a month to manufacture, haul it to the site, and one day to assemble. Original.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Architect Alejandro Sánchez García's sumptuous idea in the beautiful (and touristy) Valle de Bravo, about two hours from Mexico City. San Sen House is made of steel, wood and glass and creates a design sleight-of-hand: an illusion of floating. Composed of "envelopes" that can be opened and closed -- like covering a deck -- it's a lavish, large, luxurious spread. Epic win.