Homes Designed by Famous Architects That You Can Actually Stay In
The people behind these homes are a great reflection of those within them
If it’s homes you’re looking for, Plum Guide has you covered. We’re not gloating: we simply have a lot of homes. But if we do start to gloat – which we might – it’ll be by subtly mentioning some of the homes we have available to rent that were designed by famous architects. Whether you’ve heard of some of these probably depends on your knowledge of architecture, so if you want to impress your other half or friends, perhaps it's best to look up and memorise the names of these designers. Get to grips with their styles, and look at where you’d improve each home so you can tell everyone while lodging there. We’ll take you through some of our best homes in the US and the UK, and you can decide where you’d like to stay on a holiday to remember. Here at Plum Guide, we accept nothing but the best, so book one of these homes designed by famous architects for a luxury trip to remember.
Admire the architecture of The Hangar
Austrian artist Reinhold Traxl got his mittens on this Tuscan masterpiece. Converted from a warehouse, it retains some of the rustic elements, with lovely modern touches. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Castello Montelifré, as you rummage through the sculpture garden just half a mile from Siena.
Enjoy the design of Apples to Oranges
Award-winning architect Henning Stummel renovated this Cheltenham house, which dates back to the end of the 18th century. Part of the Cotswolds, you’ll be in dream land in this old stone barn. Admire the bright orange touches, which juxtapose nicely with the exposed brick, mixing old with new in the midst of a working farm.
Relax in style at A Sign is Born
Next on our list of homes designed by famous architects, we have A Sign is Born. Stylish and somehow modern and retro at once, this place just screams LA. Iconic architect Kazumi Adach took on the job in 1958 and produced something quite spectacular just beneath the Hollywood Sign. Admire the impressive works of art and decor in the City of Angels – 1970s style. It is open and spacious, with luxury and comfort in the bedrooms. You can even see the aforementioned sign from the pool, while the freestanding bathtub has incredible views of the city.
Marvel at the glamour of The Lew House
This one is all about a modern kind of LA glamour. Hidden in the Hollywood Hills, this home blends authentic mid-century furnishings with perfect views of the city. Splash about with friends (preferably your own) in the pool and think about how this was designed by one of the most famous architects of all time: Richard Neutra. We’re certainly not feeling ‘Neutra(l)' about this home.
Fall in love with the style of The Alexander
Twin palm trees sway and hover over the pool of this mid-century classic home. It is quintessential Palm Springs in every sense, given it was made by the Alexander Construction Company that gave the area its modern and minimalist look. Relax in the water in this desert oasis, and enjoy the views of the mountains on the horizon. You can even rent a bike to explore the area.
Admire iconic architecture at The Meiselman
Named after its iconic architect Jack Meiselman, this Palm Springs home is another mid-century masterpiece. Tuck into a meal with friends beneath the covered terrace, before going for a swim (give it ten minutes after a meal) in the salt water swimming pool. Then, relax with a few drinks by the fireplace.
Enjoy the beauty of The Jet Set
Another beautiful home by the Alexander Construction Company, The Jet Set is the epitome of Palm Springs. Swim laps in the large pool, watching the palm trees sway in the breeze above you, and admire the 1950s interior of the home.
Wonder at the elegance of The Glamper
Perched atop a cliff in Topanga lies The Glamper, designed by acclaimed architect Michael Sant. It looks like something out of a movie, with its floor to ceiling windows providing incredible views of the water. Sunbathe on the glorious wooden terrace, which is accessible right from the master bedroom.
Prepare to be amazed by The John Woolf
Rounding off our list of homes designed by famous architects, we have The John Woolf. Named after its architect John Woolf, this home is an historic home in the Hollywood Hills dating back to 1933. All sorts of surprising trinkets and antiques adorn the interior, making the setting more akin to a museum than a rental home. Enjoy browsing the black and white photo collection and other vintage collectibles, before heading outside to the lovely swimming pool. Lie back on the deck chairs beneath the elegant pergola.