My mum always told me I was ‘unique.’ I often wonder if it was a compliment.
The minds behind today’s architectural marvels needn’t ponder the same remarks. Unique, in this case, means unequivocally brilliant.
Leaving no doubt that what’s on the outside counts just as much, these are the most original, mind-bending, physics-defying, over-adjectived stays on the planet.
Our top picks: Unique Designs
New York Geometric Forest Home
New York, USA
Our first stay today is a mesmerizing geometric art piece that just happens to have space inside to live. Hidden in the woods of the Hudson Valley, its curious appearance opens into a playful wooden masterpiece that offers something different from every angle.
The reading window is a standout feature, as highlighted in Architectural Digest, letting the inhabitant feel as close to the surrounding forest as possible. Serene, brilliant, and thought-provoking.
Canadian Lakeside Shipping Container Home
Shipping container homes are all the rage these days, but it’s a challenge making such bland objects look attractive from the outside. Designer David Penner succeeded where others failed and made recycling sexy.
It’s a striking addition to the Canadian lakeside landscape, yet somehow manages not to feel out of place. The towering balcony gazing out over the water is particularly wonderful, perfect for quiet Sunday morning coffee.
City of Dreams, Macau
Located in City of Dreams, Macau, the Morpheus Hotel is a mind-bending structure that’s equally physics-defying inside and out.
While the hotel is packed with luxury amenities like a rooftop sky-pool, high-end spa, Parisian tea rooms, and superfast panoramic elevators, it’s the first sight of its seemingly organic design that will leave the greatest impact — architecture at its breathtaking best.
Our Other Top Picks
This micro-casa hidden in the Mexican jungle is stunning
Seventies architecture gets a major facelift in this Arizona villa
$9500 a night is the price for this villain’s lair in Joshua Tree
Aman’s famous luxury Utah hotel fuses architecture and nature
This Texas “Air Castle” has to be seen to be believed