The benefits of vacation rental sites have been touted near and far—and then nearer and farther: to SXSW, to Cuba, to Ikea, and more. For starters, there’s a sort of satisfaction about siphoning the costs straight into the pockets of the person who’s with you at check-in and checkout.
And then, of course, there are the perks of individual rentals, things like views from a cable car above France’s Courchevel or the bragging rights afforded stays at the tops of ski jumps in Norway or well-furnished passenger planes. Heck, even billionaire Warren Buffett is getting in on the action, having used Airbnb to offer a weekend at his childhood home in Nebraska.
Sites like Airbnb, One Fine Stay, and Tripping are a particular boon, however, for architecture lovers. Now travelers can stay in a single-family home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (assuming, of course, they’re down to spend vacation in Two Rivers, Wisconsin), a candy-colored apartment by contemporary French master Jean Nouvel, and cantilevered experiments by Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV.
These are the vacation rentals all design nerds should know about, from Airstreams to 14th-century villas, from Prairie Style to Midcentury Modernism.