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A holiday in design: Plans Matter is the Airbnb for architecture lovers

Forget combing Airbnb and other holiday rental sites for something special - Plans Matter lists only grand designs and architectural icons, developed especially for design lovers on vacation.

Co-founded by American architect duo Connie Lindor & Scott Muellner, Plans Matter is based on the concept of Airbnb – however, its holiday rentals are required to have a little more design flair.

Listing only homes for rent with some sort of architectural significance, the site is dedicated to those of us who "appreciate the importance of beautiful architecture and how it can influence your experience - wherever you may decide to go.”

Available homes are peppered across the globe - from Switzerland, to Costa Rica, Wales, and the Magney House by Australian architect Glen Murcutt on the NSW South Coast. 

You're also able to search by architect. There's a selection of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin, and another experimental abode by the inimitable artist-slash-designer of light James Turrell in Niigata in Japan.

An indoor pool in James Turrell's House of Light.

Unlike any other residence in the world, James Turrell's House of Light is an artwork in and of itself. Conceived as a sort-of meditation house, the home incorporates the artist's signature soothing and awe-inspiring colour light media, as well as traditional Japanese lighting and natural daylight.

There's also the Rolling Huts camp in Washington's Methow Valley. Designed by US architecture practice Olson Kundig, the miniature homes on wheels are a step above standard glamping. 

Rolling Huts in Winthrop, Washington. 

Another feature among Plans Matter's architectural rentals is The Light Hotel in Minnesota - a salvaged shipping container turned transportable eco-hotel. Designed by Alchemy architects, the hotel is a perfect mishmash of luxury and sustainability: window shrouds are covered with 24k gold, but the water system is self-contained, and an in-room digital dashboard tracks water and power consumption. 

The Light Hotel moves around Minnesota. 

Plans Matter also lists a small selection of the world's great design hotels - if room service and luxury amenities alongside inspired design is more your speed. You can book a stay at the incredible Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa in Chile by Cazu Zegers, and the beautiful Hotel B in Peru by Claude Sahut.

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