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World’s First Alpine, Micro, All-Wood, Alien-esque Cabin

The Ufogel has been making the rounds online as of late, and we thought we’d take a look at this futuristic wooden cabin (capsule?) perched on a slope in the Tyrollean Alps. The name is an alloy of UFO and vogel, the German word for bird–which is apt for the strange-shaped structure that seems to be flying above the ground it inhabits.

According to its website, the whole structure is made of wood. The pine planks lining the interior make it feel like a sauna (in a nice way). Everything is built-in, including a cantilevered table and bench seating, a sleek, minimal stainless steel kitchen and a couple beds in the upstairs loft. In addition to the radiant heating, there is a wood burning stove to complete the cozy, ski-lodge vibe. The place is much helped along by huge windows that look out onto Alpine landscape.

The cabin is definitely a bit of a gesamtkunstwerk–i.e. you probably wouldn’t want to throw your large sectional couch in there–which is fine considering it’s used by vacationers, people who rarely pack their own furniture. The place is available by the night for what seems like a fairly reasonable €120/night and can accommodate up to five people (NB: there are additional charges for more people and cleaning).


The place is reminiscent of the Renzo Piano designed tiny house built on the Vitra campus we looked at a while back. What’s cool about both of them is that they show tiny houses need not have the neo-Thoreauvian aesthetic that seems to define the genre.

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  • Peabody McKurk

    Love this! Beautiful. Only issue I have is like so many home styles, they put the seating facing away from the view! Why not put the kitchen under the windows, have seating across to take advantage of that view?!

  • Keith

    I think that with the small houses craze there needs to be some square foot minimums where it is called a house and below that if should be called something else, Shelter maybe.

  • Maggie

    It looks (badly) Photoshopped on to the site. Particularly check photo #2. Has it actually been built yet?