A yurt of sticks and mud

2011 has been a year of yurts, w/two opportunities to try out this simple design of sticks and mud — a more permanent adaptation of the traditional, portable, Mongolian design. One was for a friend and neighbor. The other was a workshop at Aprovecho Institute, as part of their sustainable shelter building series. Lots of people helped! Both were made with locally harvested bamboo and fir poles (arranged reciprocally to make a self-supporting, conical roof w/a central skylight, which I’m still trying to figure out how to cover cheaply…) Here’s a little picture book about the whole process.

About Kiko Denzer

I live in western Oregon with my family and run Hand Print Press with help from friends Max and Eva. We are interested in restoring the arts of living to their rightful, traditional, public role, as cultural medium – and think the web is a poor substitute, but until we can fashion something better, we try to make the most of it.

6 Responses to A yurt of sticks and mud

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  2. Ann Sayre Wiesman says:

    Great idea. instant guestroom for in-laws and out-laws.

  3. Ron McClung says:

    Though you’ve already done the rather resourceful plastic water bottle, why not merely do a cupola?
    Double- or triple-glazed 360 degrees would admit massive amounts of light while keeping the rain out & BTU in.
    You could open top level windows to vent excess heat – if you build screens into it.
    Only the framing would block “view”.
    Paper-crete that puppy to insulate it, then see how little winter heat is needed.
    I’ve yet to read anything that says what you use to prevent some of these creations from becoming huge anthills. Any thoughts there?
    Living in north Florida means far too much sand (ants) and buy clay to do cob.
    Will cat litter or Floor-Dry work for small projects?
    Keep pushing the envelope.
    Cmdr. Ron

  4. Bob Theis says:

    Nice adaptation of yurt construction, Kiko.
    Regarding a cheap skylight: how about the huge translucent plastic salad bowls they use in cafeterias? Not sure if it will withstand UV, but worth a try.

  5. Trey Jackson says:

    Neat!!!! Note: the link to the picture book isn’t a clickable link.

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