When it comes to off-the-grid, sustainable living we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. The yurt is a great example of ancient architecture, which still makes sense today. The Scottish company Trakke recently unveiled the so-called Jero yurt, which makes for a great little shelter, that can easily become an off-the-grid dwelling, a guesthouse or a cabin. The yurt can be assembled very quickly, and can easily be towed to anywhere in the world.
When assembled, the Jero yurt measures 13 feet in diameter and has a maximum height of 8.5 feet. It is constructed from canvas, marine plywood, with stainless steel hardware and polyester rope, and weighs only 242 lb. Since most yurts normally weight about four times as much, getting the weight down was a challenge for the manufacturer. They managed it by drawing inspiration from nature. The Jero yurt features innovative telescopic roof struts, which are held together by a block that was designed to replicate the strength and durability of vertebrae. To manufacture it, they used CNC fabrication techniques, which allowed them to cut far more complex shapes than would otherwise be possible. This also allowed them to strip away much of the unnecessary material without compromising on strength of the finished shelter.
When folded up, the Jero yurt measures only 3.9 x 2.6 x 1.64 feet, and it is light and small enough to be towed on a bicycle trailer. The interior measures a modest 129 square feet, and it has one removable door. There are no windows, save for the sky light in the canvas ceiling, which nevertheless allows all the needed light to enter the shelter.
Three people can erect the Jero yurt in about two hours without any tools. The structure is waterproof and the canvas rot proof, so the interior should stay dry even in the event of a downpour. The Jero yurt can be purchased directly from Trakke and costs roughly $7,460.