Houses & People

The new architecture book with magazine by Edition URLAUBSARCHITEKTUR

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A classic since 2010: The current destination recommendations of URLAUBSARCHITEKTUR.

In “Houses and People” the URLAUBSARCHITEKTURteam presents 28 new holiday destinations throughout Europe, which are not only worth visiting for their architecture. From a Tyrolean tower house fit for James Bond, to a homage to traditional building culture in the Alentejo by Manuel Aires Mateus, to an energy self-sufficient solar home in the Chiemgau.

This new publication once again combines recommendations for holiday houses that have made a lasting impression on the URLAUBSARCHITEKTURteam thanks to their unique architecture and tourism concepts. Inspirations for your next getaway or your own building project –although anyone familiar with our work knows that the book contains only a small part of the total recommendations made by our editorial staff.

The complete collection can be found in our online gallery at Since 2007, founder and publisher Jan Hamer has compiled a collection of architecturally outstanding holiday houses –about 500 to date –on the URLAUBSARCHITEKTUR website.

The focus is on holidayhouses and apartments in Europe, in addition to selected hotels and B&Bs. The Magazine. Brand new and published in 2020 for the first time: The People behind the Houses In issue #1 of this 64-page magazine supplement, the visionaries behind the projects are showcased for the first time; meet a Croatian “house whisperer” or learn about the “swarm intelligence” of a housing cooperative on the river Müritz.

In the magazine, our editorial team focuses on the people behind our partner houses, and lets hosts, architects, designers and creative minds have their say –with a clear vision and extraordinary ideas.

What drives them? Why do they do what they do? And how do they do it?

Photo credits: Julian Martitz



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      A unique network. For extraordinary HOLIDAYARCHITECTURE. Architecturally innovative holiday homes are a world unto themselves. The rules of the mainstream tourism industry simply don’t apply. HOLIDAYARCHITECTURE presents architecturally outstanding holiday homes and guest houses and is not just a website, but a network for discerning guests and hosts alike. The accommodation we feature must fulfil a range of criteria – whether it’s a holiday home, an apartment or a hotel, the architecture has to be something special. We include both historic and modern buildings, though they need not offer the ultimate in luxury – what counts is their individual appeal, the perfect realisation of a concept, authenticity, and the care the owners have for their buildings. The URLAUBSARCHITEKTUR properties are run by hosts who want to share their distinctive houses with others and who offer holiday experiences that stand out in their region. It is our policy not to handle bookings, but to put guests in touch with hosts so that they may book directly with them. Our award-winning books Offline – and perfect for your coffee table. In addition to our online portal, you may have heard about our range of books, published under our own imprint, Edition URLAUBSARCHITEKTUR. Our annual “Selection” books (from this yea on with #1 of our magazine) have made the biggest splash so far: widely acclaimed and dubbed the “Holiday Bible”, the series received the German Design Award. You won’t just turn each page, these books let you roam freely through each house – at the risk of developing an acute case of wanderlust. Our books are available in all good bookstores – or you can order them directly from our Shop.)