These days people are catching onto the idea of tiny minimalist homes. In the country of Austria where amazing alps abound, a family commissioned designer Peter Jungmann to create a house that provided ample views of the spectacular mountains yet gave minimal impact to the existing environment. The result was the “UFOgel”, a fusion of UFO and Vogel, which means bird in German.

The Ufogel sits on structural stilts, has large windows and larch wood finishes throughout the interior. A wood stove gives warmth to the 484 square foot home, which can sleep up to eight people (although four would be a bit more comfortable). It contains the basics such as a shower, kitchen and of course, superb views of the Alps of Nussdorf. Interested in staying for a night? It’s available for rent year round. Learn more at Ufogel.

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