Jan Hamer is the founder of the online platform holidayarchitecture. He started it 16 years ago in Denmark. When the architect helped a friend there to build a modern-style holiday home, he noticed that such properties were difficult to find on the internet. Owners of modern holiday homes, in turn, usually had problems reaching architecture-savvy travellers. In the meantime, according to an article in the online magazine baunetz interior|design, the holidayarchitecture platform has developed into a portal with 560 holiday homes from Norway to the Canary Islands. In his interview with the magazine, the founder explains how this came about, what has changed since the founding and what goals he is pursuing.
Hamer explains his business model in the interview as follows: “In contrast to other platforms, we do not handle bookings, but present projects that we find interesting. The houses pay a small amount for this, but we don’t earn anything from the bookings. We do not interfere in the communication between hosts and guests, which we consider very important. The exchange with and among our hosts is also important to us.”
In addition to a detailed description of the property and a number of photos, there are details for each holiday home about what you can do here, why “holidayarchitecture” likes the house, for whom it suits as well as information about sustainability.
And here are a few more examples from the rich offer of “holiday architecture”:
Zumthor Ferienhäuser in Leis, Canton of Grison, Switzerland
Holiday Architecture writes about this architectural trouvaille by Peter Zumthor: “In the mountains above Vals in Graubünden lies Leis, a hamlet with old black wooden buildings, a white chapel and a small inn. Here, at 1500 metres above sea level, the internationally successful architect and Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor has built three wooden houses: the Oberhus, the Unterhus and the Türmlihus. The houses, which differ somewhat in size, each extend over three floors and are furnished to a high standard: Designer furniture and lamps, teak bathrooms, kitchens with accessories ranging from steamers to raclette machines. The Türmlihus has a sauna.”
Casa Raslei, Onsernone Valley, Ticino, Switzerland
“Urlaubsarchitektur” writes about this unique ensemble: “In the wild Onsernone Valley of Ticino, on a steep slope sloping down from the valley road, stands an ensemble of stone houses that has grown structurally over generations and stood empty for years. Set on an edge of the terrain, Casa Raslei opens up towards the valley to the south, but at the same time shields itself from the higher-lying village of Mosogno Sotto. Below, the densely wooded terrain drops abruptly to the mountain stream Isorno, whose murmur is omnipresent in the valley. The client, who is familiar with the Ticino way of life, wanted Buchner Bündler Architekten to design a residential building that would be developed from the dilapidated ensemble using simple means.”
“Urlaubsarchitektur” schreibt über dieses einmalige Ensemble: “Im wilden Tessiner Onsernonetal steht an einem von der Talstrasse abfallenden steilen Hang ein Ensemble aus Steinhäusern, das über Generationen hin baulich angewachsen ist und jahrelang leer stand. An eine Geländekante gesetzt öffnet sich die Casa Raslei gegen Süden zum Tal, schirmt sich gleichzeitig jedoch zum höher gelegenen Dorf Mosogno Sotto hin ab. Unterhalb fällt das dicht bewaldete Gelände abrupt zum Gebirgsbach Isorno ab, dessen Rauschen im Tal allgegenwärtig ist. Die Bauherrschaft, die mit der Tessiner Lebensart vertraut ist, wünschte sich von Buchner Bündler Architekten ein Wohnhaus, das mit einfachen Mitteln aus dem baufälligen Ensemble entwickelt werden sollte.”
The Boomerang House, Sivas in the south of Crete, Greece
Saftstationen, Insel Møn, Denmark
You can find out all about the «holidayarchitecture” platform and its 560 architecturally excellent holiday homes on their website urlaubsarchitektur.de.