UFOs inspire design of Ufogel mountain retreat

(Credit: Ufogel )

Need to get away somewhere remote, relaxing, and reminiscent of an unidentified flying object? The Ufogel retreat in the Austrian mountain village of Nussdorf takes its design cues, at least partially, from UFOs.

The unusual-looking structure, designed by Peter Jungmann, “sometimes bears resemblance to a prehistoric bird and sometimes to an extraterrestrial home, but is always something special,” the Web site for the mountain residence reads. The rustic retreat takes its names from the acronym UFO and the word “vogel,” German for bird. (If you ask us, it looks a lot like a lunar landing, but the name Lunarlandingvogel could get pretty unwieldy.)

Made almost entirely of larch word, the Ufogel stands on steel stilts, with steps leading to the entrance that resemble those that always descend from spacecraft before aliens disembark to kidnap their human subjects. Giant windows let guests gaze out at the Austrian Area 51 hills (which are inevitably alive with the sound of music), while also keeping an eye out for any other spacecraft that might land in the East Tyrollean alps.

Located next to a far more traditional-looking barnhouse, the whole space-age-looking structure measures 484 square feet, but up to five can sleep t… [Read more]

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