Architecture is a special kind of art that not only involves aesthetic pleasure but also solves quite utilitarian tasks. To go on a tour of a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or Ricardo Bofill is already a great success, but what if you had the opportunity to spend a few days in it? We talk about four iconic buildings that can be rented on Airbnb.
Muralla Roja, Ricardo Bofill, Alicante, Spain Muralla Roja, translated as “Red Walls” rises on the Spanish Costa Blanca as a monumental fortress – the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill wanted the pink-blue residential complex to resemble the Arab clay kasbahs. The postmodern residential complex with 50 apartments in Manzanera, Spain was designed for client Palomar SA in 1968 and fully built by 1973. It was among the “10 most iconic works of Ricardo Bofill”.
Epstein House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Galesburg, USA The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959) built hundreds of houses, which had a great influence on the architecture of residential buildings of the twentieth century. Most of its structures, including residential buildings, have been declared National Historic Landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bosco Verticale, Stefano Boeri, Milan, Italy Stefano Boeri proved that the city and nature do not have to be in opposition. Bosco Verticale is a unique skyscraper that the Italian architect built as part of Easyhome Huanggang, a five-tower apartment complex opened in China. Vertical scaffolding is a type of building invented by Boeri with facades covered with trees and plants. The structure of the Chinese complex is designed so that the foliage on the balconies “fits perfectly” into the design of the facade. The forest tower is covered with more than 400 trees. The complex also includes 4620 bushes and 2408 square meters of perennial grasses, flowers, and climbing plants.
ItHouse, Taalman Koch, Pioneertown, USA ItHouse is a self-contained construction house designed by architect Taalman Koch in 2007, a number of its components are pre-manufactured off-site, for better control of construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and an open plan, itHouse maximizes the resident’s connection to the surrounding landscape, minimizing the impact of the building on the surrounding site.