This yurt is a marvel compared to the droopy, often smelly, traditional contraptions I’ve always shunned. This model of The Yurta was set up at the Toronto Fall Home Show, where it was creating major buzz.
Its creators are an eclectic trio of Canadian entrepreneurs with architecture, fine art and engineering backgrounds, who mostly do edgy design work and cultural installations. They’ve been developing The Yurta for 8 years as a roomy, easy-to-put-up, multiple-use dwelling.
It has an operating skylight . . .
A 226-square-foot interior, 10 feet high at the center . . .
And a packed weight of about 500 lbs in an 8′x3′x2′ bundle.
It can be a backcountry base camp, a small cottage, or even a field hospital, for a group like Doctors Without Borders. It also has potential as a festival booth, as in this setting at the Milan Design Camping show in Italy.
The pre-assembled frame gets pushed up into place . . .
Then felt insulation, canvas and other materials are wrapped . . .
Wall and roof are connected with a heavy-gauge zipper.
Of all the reasons I liked the Yurta, it was the good smell that got to me the most.
The interior is 100% wool felt and the struts are natural wood. Even at the airless, indoor Home Show, you could imagine how your nose would appreciate the combination of fresh air and natural materials in an outdoor setting.
To learn more about the developers, go to their studio – The Bakery Group
To go direct to specifications – click here
All photos courtesy Yurta.ca