Calling all architecture enthusiasts and unique Airbnb aficionados. Cross an item off your bucket list when you book this luxe, blob-shaped abode listed on Airbnb.
Nestled on a wooded lot in the scenic community of West Lake Hills, where homes routinely sell for seven figures, the structure at 0 Encinas Rojas St. (yup, the home number is zero), best described as a beige mass of swirling shapes and undulating curves, has long attracted special attention.
The cave-like dwelling served as the graduate degree thesis statement for architect Charles Harker, who studied at the University of Texas in the early 1970′s. Charles and his client, Dalton Bloom, sought to build a structure unlike any other. The home was formed from steel rebar, polyurethane foam, cement plaster and features cherry wood accents inside. Harker meticulously shaved each wall, handrail, nook, and cranny, and after 11 years of construction, The Bloomhouse was born. A 1,101-square-foot structure that is as much a work of art as it is a home, the domicile seeks to strike a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature.
Upon its completion, the project was applauded as a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. In 1984, it won an award of merit from the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Museum of Modern Art even featured it in an exhibit on modern homes.
Over the years, the home fell into disrepair. In 2017, it was purchased by Dave and Susan Claunch, who restored The Bloomhouse to its former glory and offered it up to the public for short-term and long-term rentals.
Now, weary travelers with an affinity for the odd can escape the banality of everyday architecture for a retreat that forsakes restrictive right angles and straight lines for fluid curves and organic forms.
On Airbnb, Lodgewell, the vacation home rental agency that manages the property, boasts the title “Superhost,” a designation reserved for Airbnb hosts considered a cut above the rest.