We have a book standing in a shelf. It shouldn’t be there, because as an official coffee table book it should, of course, be lying directly on the little table in front of the couch. It features images of gorgeous architects’ flats and houses. Leafing through it inspires but always also leaves us feeling slightly wistful, that’s how far away theses oases of inspiration in brick and stone seem. What would it feel like to spend a night in a re-purposed chapel or barn, in a tree house or the private rooms of an award-winning architect? The 8-headed team of the website Urlaubsarchitektur collects and presents architecturally outstanding holiday and guest houses all over Europe. This one, for example: a re-purposed chapel with a modern interior in the middle of the green and secluded countryside of north-east England. Or the compact guest flat in the Rote Scheune on the banks of the charming lake Oberuckersee – just 70 kilometres from Berlin and equipped with amenities such as a fireplace and its own garden. Exclusive homes such as Zumthors holiday houses at 1500 metres in the mountains of Grisons are also featured – and have a certain price, of course. But luxury isn’t the credo of the initiators. The objects are selected by their architectural standard. Individuality, thought-out concepts and implementations as well as unusual ideas make it into this exquisite collection. So there is something fitting every taste and every budget. Booking, by the way, is always through the owner, not the website. And oh, there are the tree houses: in a Slovenian lime tree in the middle of Germany’s capital or a Lower Saxon Glamping-Loft. The choice is yours.
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