A vacation is as much about where you stay as your surroundings. Imagine going to the most picturesque valley you’ve ever seen and then dragging your tired self around all day because of the dingy room and uncomfortable bed? Backpacking and winging it out under any kind of roof you can find might sound like fun on a budget, but wouldn’t you rather spend your vacations savings on what is going to be half you holiday experience? And that’s why Minnesota based architects Scott Muellner and Connie Lindor started their new concept website Plans Matter.
Plans Matter offers you several vacation rentals that were meticulously designed by some of the most prolific names in architecture. It is true that exclusive vacation rental options which have an interesting architecture or design history are super hard to find. “When we plan our travel, we search for places to stay that are well designed and authentic. Places that will elevate our experience beyond keeping us warm and dry. Places that have architectural intention and a story to tell. Our goal is to make these places easily available for people to experience on their own”, the couple write on their website. Muellner and Lindor themselves handpick these locations, and list them up on the unique website, replete with pictures that flatter and show off the space’s advantages. The website doesn’t exactly work like your standard AirBnb: the listings redirect you the site where you can rent these properties, but offer the meticulous and aesthetic curation of the ‘architecture geek’ couple, who, it appears, like nothing better than to hunt down the most stunning vacation properties on the planet.
“We love the hunting and gathering part,” Muellner told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s great to go to a museum or a public building designed by an architect you admire, but it’s a whole different experience to stay a week in that architect’s space. It’s not just taking a tour; instead of viewing art, it’s living with it.”
The website has a diverse portfolio of listings, from modernist camp lodges to exclusive villas flung across the world, and some of them start as low as $75. One of the best things about the listings is that most of them are situated amidst immense natural beauty. Some of the more well known names on the entirely fascinating list of architects to be featured are Frank Lloyd Wright, James Turrel, Rudolph Schindler, and more.