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As fans of design and travel, we at AETHER decided to curate a list of homes in far-flung destinations that can be rented on Airbnb, combining adventure with accommodations so appealing you may find it difficult to leave the house.
Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, in which he wrote about living a simple life in nature, Casa Tiny is a gigantic presence in a small amount of space (less than 300 square feet). Located in the surf town of Puerto Escondido on the Oaxaca Coast of Mexico, the minimalist, super-remote home features one bedroom, a bathroom, and kitchen. Constructed from concrete with bold, wood accents throughout, Casa Tiny offers just enough things for guests to do thanks to a private pool, surrounding gardens, and a nearby beach. Wile away the days in the hammock or cook in the pizza oven and invite friends over to enjoy it around the large concrete table on the terrace.
Located approximately an hour from the Milan airport, the Glass House—designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni—is constructed from glass, steel, and wood and located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monferrato, Italy. A true sight to be seen, the villa stuns thanks to a floor- to-ceiling glass exterior, providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding hilly landscape. Inside, the impeccably appointed modern villa features contemporary furnishings and lighting created by Italian designers. Unsurprisingly, the Glass House is also environmentally minded: The bedroom, living room, and kitchen all function with electricity drawn from solar panels. And if the secluded location in the Piedmont region doesn’t provide enough luxury, the home’s sauna and hammam will.
A true architectural wonder, the “Ex Of In House” is located in Rhinebeck, a historic town in New York’s Hudson Valley. Situated on 28 acres, the home features zero bedrooms but still sleeps five. Formed by spheres intersecting with trapezoids, every inch of the 918-square-foot space is thoughtfully designed. The kitchen is placed in the center, creating an airy, open plan with plenty of windows for taking in nature. Heated by a wood stove and solar powered, the house is constructed from locally sourced wood and glass, including window frames and stairs crafted from mahogany and walls made from birch plywood. Simple and modern, the structure—designed by Stephen Holl Architects—provides a truly one-of-a-kind oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.