Lonely Planet Writer

This new home rental site is like Airbnb for lovers of good design and architecture

If you love architecture and enjoy staying in amazing places, a new website founded by two architects might become your go-to for holiday rentals. PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent, but the criteria is simple – they have to be extraordinary.

PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Gunflint Lake Cabin in Minnesota. Image: PlansMatter
PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Gunflint Lake Cabin in Minnesota. Image: PlansMatter

Connie Lindor and Scott Muellner are the site’s co-founders, and they met on the first day of architecture school at the University of Minnesota College of Design. They quickly bonded over a shared love of simplicity, clean details and clearly articulated design concepts. After much research on vacation rentals, they decided that the world needed a website to help people find architectural vacation rentals and PlansMatter was conceived.

PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Founders' Apartment in Minneapolis. Image: PlansMatter
PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Founders’ Apartment in Minneapolis. Image: PlansMatter

The goal of the site is to make finding and experiencing architecturally significant vacation rentals effortless and convenient. It is similar to vacation rental services like Airbnb, but is focused solely on modern properties. Its mission is to connect guests who value exceptional design to hosts who have invested in extraordinary architecture. Its current listings include retreats coast to coast in the USA.

PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Kinney House in Wisconsin. Image: PlansMatter
PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Kinney House in Wisconsin. Image: PlansMatter

“All accommodations on PlansMatter have architectural quality, intention and a story to tell,” they say. “Our long-term vision is to have every architecturally significant property available for rent globally listed, and to develop a worldwide community of design travellers who love architecture and want to know the story behind their stay.”

PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Sawtooth Cabin in Minesota. Image: PlansMatter
PlansMatter has a selection of homes available to rent like Sawtooth Cabin in Minesota. Image: PlansMatter

If this sounds like the type of place you would like to stay in on holidays, visit PlansMatter’s website.