This UFO-inspired holiday home might look like something from a Sci-Fi movie, buts its rustic feel and cozy interior helps it blend in perfectly with the surrounding Alpine farmhouses. Architect Peter Jungmann's Ufogel--which takes its name from its resemblance to a UFO and a vogel (which means bird in German)—is a compact wooden house set on stilts that maximize stunning views across the snow-capped Tyrolean Mountains and minimize the construction’s environmental impact on the landscape. Clad in Larch wood both inside and out, the tiny, cozy holiday home blends comfort with contemporary, minimalist design.
The 485 square-foot sculptural holiday home is built mostly from glass, metal and Larch wood, a highly-ecological, waterproof and rot-resistant timber typically used for building yachts and other exterior uses. Strategic window placement floods the interior with natural light and views of the Austrian landscape, while the compact, wood-shingled shell gives off a cozy sense of security. Inside, the minimalist design and light-colored Larch woodwork create a feeling of spaciousness despite the building’s small footprint.
The ground floor consists of a wood-burning stove, a kitchen with a stainless steel worktop and two-burner cooktop, as well as a large dining area that can seat up to eight people. A snug lounge was carved out of the transitional space between floors and overlooks the incredible east Tyrolean Mountains through an angled panoramic window. The bedrooms, which are located on the upper level, can accommodate up to four people and are equipped with a full-size bathroom with a shower.