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Lakeside Tiny House in Estonia with Over-sized Reflective Windows

This is a very unique cabin that almost blends right into the scenery because of the large floor to ceiling windows. The tiny home literally looks like a large mirrored box! It’s located in Jõelähtme, Estonia, which is in Northern Europe, just south of Finland.

When you look at the cabin though, you can see the reflection of the scenery gaze back at you. How incredible and unique is that! This tiny home is a vacation spot by ÖÖD Hötels Jõeranna so you can actually book a stay here via Anne over at this Airbnb listing. Take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments, please!

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This Tiny House Looks Like A Huge Mirrored Box!

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Images via Anne/Airbnb

This tiny house has an open layout with a bedroom area, living area, kitchen, and bathroom. All with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The kitchen is simple, sleek, and compact.

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Toilette with a view. I really like the little kitty holding the TP.

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The shower with a view, it’s like you are showering outside. All you need is nature sounds. Turn on the Calm app, lol!

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Your bedroom with a view. The wood in the ceiling and floor adds a nice touch.

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There’s a nearby sauna that’s quirky in style. I really like it.

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This is what it could look like in the wintertime. Isn’t it amazing how it reflects? It must be sort of like what is used as far as glass goes in tall skyscrapers.

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Stargazing with a reflection of the forest, sky, and clouds.

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If you like hiking, this may tickle your fancy.

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Guests can even paddleboard right on the lake here.

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  • Ruu, Harju maakond, Estonia
  • Vacation rental
  • Mirrored cabin look
  • ÖÖD Hötels Jõeranna
  • Nearby hiking
  • On a lake
  • Sauna nearby

Listing Description

ÖÖD Hötels Jõeranna is located on the beautiful banks of Jägala River. Jõelähtme district is filled with hiking trails, beaches and landmarks such as the Jägala Waterfall, all for you to enjoy in a bike ride distance. For those looking to relax by spending the day golfing, Estonian Golf & Country Club is in an 8 km distance. Nearest settlements are in 200 m distance, which provides plenty of privacy. ÖÖD Hötels Jõeranna waits for you for a perfect getaway to be enjoyed with your loved one.

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  • October 3, 2020, 11:32 am

    I love this place. The interior is so sleek and clean but welcoming—with everything you need. As a person who loves to sleep beneath the stars, this is my dream. For Americans this might take some adjusting because it requires a more open attitude towards what privacy means … I lived in Estonia for many years, and it’s nature is so beautiful and pure and the people are equally open and lovely. I’d love to lie in a forest by a stream there 😊

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:22 pm

      Oh that’s so lovely that you lived in Estonia!

  • Delos Turner
    October 3, 2020, 3:46 pm


  • Lynn Strough
    October 3, 2020, 3:51 pm

    This place looks amazing! It would be great to be able to see floor plans/building costs/etc for the beautiful tiny houses like this that you post, or links to that information. Nice for those of us contemplating building our own tiny homes 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:20 pm

      Hi Lynn! We always try to include those things when we can — in the cases of Airbnbs like this, though, the information usually isn’t readily available, I’m afraid.

  • Sheila
    October 3, 2020, 3:54 pm

    Beautiful! Would need no neighbors for this home. LMAO! Love this home.

  • Linda
    October 3, 2020, 8:21 pm

    This is fabulous, although the toilet and shower would take a little getting used to. Love the openness, the closeness to nature. I would love to stay there!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:13 pm

      Haha yes it’s a little freaky at first, for sure!

  • Nancy M.
    October 3, 2020, 8:32 pm

    This almost disappears into the surrounding! LOVE IT! And I doubt neighbors would be a problem, because the glass is reflective on the outside like mirrors, and see-through on the inside, like interrogation rooms….LOL! And the interior is beautiful — but with all that light, how could it not be?

  • Chris Chew
    October 3, 2020, 9:00 pm

    How safe for birds?

    • Melody Banger
      May 16, 2023, 2:28 pm

      I love this, but exactly what I was thinking. I feel guilty over the amount of birds that die just because of my large picture windows, this would be catastrophic!

  • Kim wray
    October 3, 2020, 11:16 pm

    How much

  • Michael
    October 4, 2020, 12:34 am

    Definitely, no dust catching curtains which make a a tiny space smaller just nothing.
    Easy to clean, no wall paint, view only.
    There must be a great vent system because I didn’t see anything which can be opened and entrance isn’t shown.
    Wondering if this reflective glass keeps invisibility from outside at night time when using lights keeps its ability. For sure it has it’s price, too.

    • Alison
      October 4, 2020, 4:17 pm

      I’d love to stay here, but yes, I hope the window-walls retain privacy at night with the lights on inside. And I hope there is good heating and cooling; how well do those windows insulate? Looks like a beautiful location.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:09 pm

      I have to imagine it keeps being reflective at night — otherwise, yikes!

  • Tricia
    October 4, 2020, 2:27 am

    How many birds are going to run into the windows?

    • Eric
      February 20, 2022, 2:59 pm

      Actually, no birds run into the windows. Birds aren’t known for running generally… and birds are not exactly prone to flying into windows either.

      • natasha
        February 21, 2022, 7:06 pm

        that, sir- is a pattemly false statement and spoken with a rather glib tone that is indifferent to the facts. we have bells, beads, nets, stickers….the birds fly into our windows ALL THE TIME! this is a rather selfish design that favors astetics over the saftey of all the wildlife in the area. frankly, i think to disreguard the birds in this manner is a shameful thing. i am sick and tired of these indifferent designs. there- i said it. sorry-not sorry.

        • Eric
          February 21, 2022, 7:25 pm

          Well maybe the birds are different in America.
          I can tell you that in our (ok, my) experience that birds don’t tend to fly into windows in New Zealand. I’ve personally seen one (1) bird blown into a window in my life. Oh, and I’m 67 going on 68 so I’ve been around a wee while. Then again we don’t tend to have overcrowded cities like you have in the States. And that “could” be the reason that they fly into bells, beads, nets, stickers etc. all the time.

        • natasha
          February 21, 2022, 10:22 pm

          `wow- that is really silly statement!- birds migrate, not different in america. you should prob google “bird deaths by windows”–it is grim, but many people look the other way. BTW- i live in the country and am the same age as you–but i dont see how age negates my experience…if i were 25 and saw birds fly into windows…how does your age factor in? why are you defending mirrored windows? are you a salesman of mirrored windows? am i supposed to believe birds in new zealand dont fly into windows? ….the premise is just so silly! people need to stop designing and buying these types of windows because millions of birds are killed each year this way. LOOK IT UP

        • James D.
          February 21, 2022, 11:58 pm

          Not really silly, not all bird species behave the same. Like only about 40% of bird species migrate, maybe a bit more as we’ve yet to fully document all tropical species behaviors, but they’re the ones that make up the majority of bird deaths caused by windows. While they don’t all migrate over the same areas or cover all areas of the planet and thus there would be parts of large continents like New Zealand that may see little to none of those types of birds and would consequently see a lower incident level…

          Most migratory birds in New Zealand actually migrate to other continents rather than to different parts of New Zealand…

          While part of the reason for the birds vulnerability to windows is the lack of depth perception because most birds eyes are towards the sides of their heads, to make them better at spotting predators, but that weakens their depth perception. However, predatory birds like eagles and hawk, owls, etc. have forward facing eyes and thus much better depth perception that better lets them avoid the hazards of windows. So not all birds are equally vulnerable…

          Issues, like highlighted by the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada website, can also be a contributing factor that will effect birds in some locations more than others as the level of urban density, etc. varies and thus amount of light pollution, etc. Along with factors like whether the homes are near sources of food for the birds or not, or located around mating areas etc that may contribute to levels of erratic behavior that can increase the danger to them.

          So people actually can have different experiences on this matter… Your experience is alarming but it’s not what everyone experience and there is a high probability it’s not just the windows at fault in your case.

          Thing is there’s a lot that kills birds… 2.9 billion bird deaths are linked to Solar and Wind power, for example… Just cats kill between 1.3 and 4 billion birds annually and cats are considered a serious threat to about 8% of the world’s critically endangered animals. Studies on islands indicate they’ve at least caused the extinction of 33 species…

          So, while awareness is good, it’s not that simple…

        • James D.
          February 22, 2022, 12:14 am

          Oops, meant to add or multiple islands for NZ…

  • Deborah Jones
    October 4, 2020, 3:39 am

    The house in Estonia. Wow!

  • Monique
    October 4, 2020, 7:39 am

    Love this tiny house. It would be perfect for me. Would like to have more details in regards to the property. Thank you.

  • Stella14
    October 4, 2020, 9:24 pm

    Reflective surfaces that large are not a good idea if there is wildlife of any kind around. How many birds are going to crash into that house?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:04 pm

      Good point!

    • Eric
      February 20, 2022, 3:03 pm

      Some birds will… the vast majority won’t. Sort of like people in cars, some will crash but the vast majority won’t.

      • Henry
        February 20, 2022, 3:39 pm

        False information. Hundreds of millions of birds die every year by hitting windows.

        Here’s a link to some research on the subject


        • James D.
          February 21, 2022, 2:29 pm

          @Henry – Windows but these are mirrors…

        • Henry
          February 21, 2022, 2:41 pm

          Which makes it worse. Birds see only trees and sky. Especially traveling at high velocity. They don’t understand the built environment the same way that we do.

        • James D.
          February 21, 2022, 3:03 pm

          Yes and no, birds also see other birds, which is typically more the issue with mirrors as they react as if it’s another bird and either try to court it or attack it. So would have to be in a very aggressive state to then actually ram into the surface hard enough to injure themselves.

          Besides, there are multiple ways to deal with the issue and it’s not like you wouldn’t have to still consider all this with other types of structures as anything artificial can have negative effects on wildlife. In a lot of cases it’s the lights produced in and around our homes that have a strong effect on birds and other wildlife.

  • Tim
    October 5, 2020, 12:06 am

    I would be worried about some animals (namely deer, elk, mtn sheep) seeing themselves and thinking it was another animal challenging them. Then putting their heads down and ramming into the mirrored windows. Provision for this?

  • Theresa Perdue
    October 5, 2020, 9:36 am

    What a fabulous idea! I would be a bit uneasy using the bathroom/shower at first but it would be worth getting used to. That’s a good question about the dear and such fighting themselves but I imagine it was discussed before building it. All in all it looks like a fun place to stay 😍

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 5, 2020, 2:03 pm

      Haha I agree about the bathroom!

  • natasha
    February 20, 2022, 12:55 pm

    wouldnt want to have to be the one picking up all the dead birds gonna fly into that. it’s pretty- but deadly to wildlife.

    • James D.
      February 21, 2022, 2:46 pm

      Typically has more to do with lights, look up the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada website for ways to mitigate that issue.

      For dealing with reflections, etc. you can add artwork, decals, paint, products like ABC BirdTape can make the process easy for getting the pattern right, or Acopian Bird Savers. Also known as “zen curtains,” these closely spaced ropes hang down over windows. They do the work of tape or decals but are easier to install and can be aesthetically pleasing. You can either purchase or make your own for that one…

      Installing mosquito screens or netting over your windows is also very effective, as long as they are on the outside… There are also external shades and other products that can be effective too…

      Instead of a mirror look, there are products that still let you see out but make the glass look opaque from outside that can be also effective…

      While there are ways to make animals stay away from the structure to avoid the issue…

  • Ginnie Kozak
    February 20, 2022, 1:05 pm

    Some great work on the design and construction of prefab tiny and small homes being done these days in Estonia. Very Scandinavian, which is appropriate since Estonia is a Scandinavian country. And saunas are an integral part of living there, as in Finland.

  • Sandy Samens
    February 20, 2022, 3:13 pm

    We built our own home out in the country. We added on a cozy little porch with big windows. Not floor to ceiling, but big windows. I don’t think a day went by that AT LEAST ONE bird didn’t hit the window. Some it just stunned. They’d wobble around and then fly off. We put decals on to discourage that from happening. Changed them according to the seasons. That’s a long time ago. SS

  • Paul Larsen
    February 20, 2022, 8:27 pm

    I almost passed this one by , but after looking I am glad I did not! I love the inside , very spacious and open and best of all main floor bed!

  • Jane Ward
    February 21, 2022, 10:51 am

    Two-way mirrors are notorious for reversing in alternate lighting. When it’s is dark outside and light inside, people could see in. During the day, this place looks perfect, but at night I would be nervous. Love the sauna!

    • James D.
      February 21, 2022, 2:49 pm

      Regular traditional 2 way mirrors, sure, but they got products now that don’t have that problem… and the night photos showing the stars reflecting off the cabin seem to indicate that’s the case here…

  • Michael
    May 17, 2023, 1:28 am

    Anyway, as stated earlier I like it. Did somebody figured out who the builder is?

    • James D.
      May 18, 2023, 2:29 am

      Estonian company, ÖÖD Mirrored Prefab Rooms… They’re a peer-to-peer housing business, catering mostly to short term rentals, modular miniature hotel pods, that can be set up anywhere in the world in as little as just eight hours. Each unit, selling for $36,000, features a 200-square-foot, roughly 18 square meter, interior set up in a studio layout…

      Though, that’s not their only product or price point. They have higher priced units, different size options, as well as units dedicated for Office and another as a Sauna.

      The 227.1 Sq Ft version is called a Signature House and starts from $124,900, the Medium Office is 97.1 Sq Ft, starts from $34,900, and the Mini Sauna is 59.4 Sq Ft, starts $29,000… Their Website adjusts for region (Europe, United States, and rest of the world), so those are USD prices…

      • Michael
        May 20, 2023, 7:18 am

        Thanks James, their website shows most of the details I have been looking for.

  • Mac
    May 30, 2023, 6:03 pm

    Sorry, but this is incredibly irresponsible for our wildlife, especially birds.

    • James D.
      May 31, 2023, 12:50 am

      You’re assuming there’s an issue, but it’s not automatically the case. For example, they use UV film stickers in all their cabins, which the birds can see but humans can’t and they operate in multiple countries. If there was a issue, there would be at least some reports from the many guests these get…

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