Yurts are a type of portable dwelling that have been used by nomadic people in Central Asia for at least 3000 years, but it seems the West is finally catching on to their unique charm and functionality. Trakke, a Scottish company that makes products for the everyday adventurer, has released a lightweight, 21st century version of the movable home that’s perfect for camping or maybe even just having someone stay in the back garden. Conceived with the help of designer and adventurer Uula Jero, say hello to the Trakke Jero Yurt.
The impressive 129 square foot Yurt was made with marine-grade plywood, and features a thick, rot-proof and waterproof canvas covering, telescopic roof poles, a crown cap, and even a removable door. Made in collaboration with the rapid prototyping workshop Maklab, you can be sure the shelter does it job because Uula spent a year living in it to iron out any kinks. Best of all, the Yurt can be put together in under two hours without any tools – provided you have a couple of friends on hand to help.
Uula took a few cues from nature to ensure the strongest possible construction. For example, the unique telescopic roof struts are held together using a block designed to replicate the strength and durability of a vertebrae. He also talked about the benefits of CNC fabrication techniques, saying: “We have been able to cut far more complex shapes that allow us to strip as much material away as possible without compromising on strength.”
Whether you want a super-stylish base camp, or maybe even an unconventional office in the back garden, head over to Trakke’s website where Jero is available for £4500 (USD $7,447).View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery
my old one has 2 windows, besides the one in the door
no windows. of course, it’s plywood so a saw might work, depending on how much tension is on the walls.
From my understanding, windows and yurts don’t really mix. The structural elements on yurts doesn’t leave room for windows, and taking a “bone” out of the “skeleton” compromises the whole structure.
Yurts usually take in natural light in one, maybe two places. First, the skylight atop the dome. Second, a window in the entry door. The light on top probably provides all the natural light you’ll need during the day. But beyond that, if you want to see the scenery beyond the yurt, stepping outside is the whole point! :)