Yurts are known to be one of the strongest and most resource
efficient structures ever created. This circular, domed canvas and
wood structure integrates tension and compression components
that allows the yurt to withstand heavy wind, rain and snow.
Acclaimed by Architectural Digest as an "Architectural Wonder".
Yurt's are remarkably strong yet lightweight and as versatile as
Yurts: A History
The first yurts have been traced back to the time of Ganges Khan
who used a sixty foot Yurt permanently mounted on a wagon and
puled by Yaks. The average Mongolian family lived in a sixteen
foot Yurt that could be loaded and moved by two yaks. Marco
Polo, observing the nomadic people of Mongolia, noticed their
sturdy, exactly-round tents made of rods, covered with felt, which
they carried with them on carts. Yurts (or gers, as they are called
in Asia), are still used today throughout parts of Russia, Mongolia
The traditional yurt walls were made of slats of wood lashed
together with leather thongs to form a collapsible trellis or lattice.
The lattice was set up in a circle and the door frame was lashed
into place. The hub or center ring was set on one or two posts in
the center of the yurt. Roof poles connected to the hub and rest
on the top of the lattice. Finally, the entire lattice is bound by a
tension rope. Covers for yurts in Mongolia were constructed of felt (
the hair from Yaks), beaten soft by rolling and dragging behind
Yaks. In cold climates, up to six layers were used for insulation.
Yurts have been used in some of the most inhospitable and
barren regions of the world including the deserts of the Sahara
and Gobi, the Central Asian steppe, and the polar tundras. Yurts
can be warm in temperatures of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit and
cool in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The serene, circular space of a Yurt seems to offer a more open
connection to the natural world. Designed to be versatile, it can be
used for many different uses. Whether you want to get closer to
nature, or simply prefer the cost and space efficiencies provided
by a unique structural alternative Yurts are becoming a fast
growing alternative to conventional housing and construction.
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