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Friday, January 10, 2014

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With a picturesque backdrop of the Alps and sculpture-like surroundings, visitors to the Ufogel house in Austria might not mind its tight quarters.

At a cozy 484 square feet, the minimalist abode in Nussdorf can be rented year-round for roughly $163 a night for two people, with a minimum stay of three nights.

UFO + Prehistoric Bird

Constructed completely out of larch wood atop stilts, Ufogel takes its name from its shape that resembles both a prehistoric bird (vogel) and a UFO, according to the project details.


Is it a bird? Is it a UFO? No, it’s Ufogel—a cozy getaway in Nussdorf, Austria.

“The large panorama windows bring the landscape indoors, giving you the feeling you are still outside while the round shell conveys a cozy, woody feeling of security,” the details note.

The house also features a stylish kitchen unit and designer shower.


The simple structure was designed by Peter Jungmann for a family to use as a holiday home, according to  


The interior features large panorama windows to bring the outside in.

Jungmann also designed the Bath House on Lake Weissensee in Southern Austria. Images of that award-winning creation, which extends over the water’s surface, are shown here.

More information and images of Ufogel are available at


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architects; Architecture; Color; Color + Design; Design

Comment from Andrew Piedl, (1/10/2014, 11:14 AM)

Nice - there is a minor mistake in the caption below the first photo, that says the house is located 'just outside Vienna'. The Alps are on the opposite end of the country - about a seven hour train trip from Vienna

Comment from Jill Speegle, (1/10/2014, 11:49 AM)

Thanks for reading D+D News, Andrew! The correction has been made.

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