As people who've ever had the chance to visit or assemble a traditional Mongolian yurt may know, they are heavy things. Modern yurt redesigns however, are typically specimens made with lightweight materials, meaning that those clunky yurts of yore have been upgraded from relative obscurity and aren't just for hippies anymore.
Offering a lightweight yurt that features a flat pack design, Scottish outdoor company Trakke, in collaboration with designer Uula Jero and rapid prototyping workshop Maklab have created Jero, a modern yurt made with modern techniques and materials, and intended for anything from luxurious camping to an outdoor office.
This 12-square-metre (129 square-foot) portable tent features marine-grade plywood, a thick, rot-proof and waterproof canvas covering, telescopic roof poles, a crown cap, a removable door -- all with a tool-free assembly that sets up in under two hours (with three people though) -- making a structure that is surprisingly balanced between strength, spaciousness and excellent maneuverability.
Designer Uula Jero -- whom this lovely yurt is named after -- states:
To minimise the weight while maintaining the structural integrity of the yurt we looked to nature for solutions - the unique telescopic roof struts are held together using a block designed to replicate the strength and durability of a vertebrae. Using CNC fabrication techniques, 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.
The Jero came about after years of research and development, after Trakke founder Alec Farmer (previously seen here in his DIY 8-foot micro-house) met Uula in 2010, who already had experience living in a similar portable yurt in Germany, upon which this streamlined design is based. It's yet another durable and easily transportable modern yurt that's available on the market, and retails over at Trakke for £4500 (USD $7,447).