11 Architectural Masterworks You Can Rent on Airbnb

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As Airbnb has expanded, it's come under fire from ornery landlords and wary neighbors—being blamed, in at least one case, for driving up citywide rent prices. But at the same time, Airbnb gives us access to an unprecedented number of otherwise inaccessible buildings. For example: Right now on Airbnb, you can stay overnight in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a home designed by his son, Lloyd Wright.

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But the Wrights are only the beginning. Curious what other big names we could find on the rental site, we dug in and found a few of the most interesting offerings. From a condo in Frank Gehry's NYC tower to a shipping container home, check 'em out below.


Apartment in DZ Bank Building designed by Frank Gehry

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Gehry's "infamous" Berlin building—directly adjacent from Brandenburg Gate—is mostly known as a bank's headquarters. But it also contains a handful of residential apartments. Price: $216.


Sowden House designed by Lloyd Wright

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A "Mayan-style" home designed in 1926 by Lloyd Wright—the eldest son of the more famous father—which has appeared often in movies and photos shoots over the years. Price: $2500.

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"Green" Off-Grid Glass House designed by Michelle Kaufmann

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An "off-grid" cabin designed by young Californian architect Michelle Kaufman, who specializes in sustainable prefab homes. Price: $250.

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8 Spruce Street Condo designed by Frank Gehry

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Gehry's famously reflective Lower Manhattan tower holds several hundred condos, each with a unique floor plan thanks to the building's irregular organic facade. Price: $3498 (per month).

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Icelandic Cottage (architect unknown)

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This Icelandic cottage looks like it hails from the early 1970s. In fact, it's only a few years old—built on land nearby the country's famous Geyser. Price: $220.


The Hotel Furillen's Airstream 534.

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A Swedish lime quarry turned boutique hotel (for some reason), Hotel Furillen is known for its austere cement rooms. A lesser-known luxury? Its classic Airstream 534, located nearby. Price: $206.

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The Schwartz House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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A classic example of Wright's vision for Prairie Style domestic architecture, the Schwartz House in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is also one of the only pieces of Wright-designed architecture that's evert been rented out to visitors. Price: $395.


Shipping Container Home designed by Espai Fly.

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This collection of homes in Mallorca is built out of standard shipping container modules—each roughly 14 feet wide—that have been retrofitted as luxurious condos. Price: $115.


Occidental Residence by Frederick Fisher & Partners

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A Case Study-inspired Sonoma House built by the Northern California partnership in 2001. Price: $400.

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A Cabin in a Loft designed by Terri Chiao

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Brooklyn architect Terri Chiao designed and built these "room within a room" spaces in her own Bushwick loft, with the express purpose of renting them on Airbnb. Price: $118.

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Archie Bunker designed by David Sellers

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Located deep in Vermont's Mad River Valley, this neo-Brutalist home won an AIA Award in 2010. Price: $500.

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DISCUSSION

Those prices are per day?!?! That's pretty cheap when compared to a hotel and if you have a bunch of people with you. Wow.