Nestled within the Inner Valley in Upper Bavaria is a tiny wooden house that also serves as a nature retreat.
Measuring only 13 meters wide by 4 meters tall (42.65 x 13 ft.), it boasts of a highly functional, smart design with open living spaces designed for a family of two. The living, dining, kitchen, and sleeping areas are an open plan design connected by stairs. The ceiling, roof and exterior walls are made of natural wood. The interior walls have 11,000 clay bricks as an insulating layer.
A unique feature of the house is the dining area and kitchen that can be extended into the garden outside during the summer months by opening up the doors over the two free-hanging terraces. A modest-sized wood-burning stove can easily warm up every nook and cranny inside the entire house. The large windows face nearby mountain, Spitzstein. There is a special cozy area designated for reading, listening to music, watching films, and simply enjoying the mountain views.
For energy, the house relies on solar panels that produce more energy than the owners need on a daily basis.
The architects of this cozy and functional nature retreat are Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck. Their goal for creating this tiny wooden house was “to build a retreat embedded in nature, away from the daily grind of the city.” They describe their work as showing that “the quality of a building is defined by its proportions, materials and structures, not only by its size.”
Take a virtual tour of this inviting tiny wooden house in Bavaria, Germany: