Scottish brand Trakke has transformed one of our favorite ancient shelters--the nomadic yurt--into the Jero, a modernized and lightweight pop up dwelling perfect for everything from garden parties to off-grid living. While the compact round house shares the same shape as its predecessor, Jero was redesigned to be much lighter and more packable than a traditional yurt. Built from premium quality and lightweight marine plywood, the spacious Jero can even be packed down to fit in a bicycle trailer or a small car.
Created by Trakke in collaboration with eponymous designer Uula Jero and rapid prototyping workshop Maklab, the final design for Jero Yurt took years of research and development. The collaboration kicked off in 2010 after Trakke founder Alec Farmer, who was living in an 8′ Microhouse in Glasgow, met Uula, who had previously lived in a basic prototype of the packable yurt concept. Designed for easy assembly without additional tools, the lightweight and portable Jero structure offers over 130 square feet of space beneath a 15-ounce cotton canvas cover.
“To minimize 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,” says Uula. “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 Yurt retails at £4500 and can be purchased online at www.trakke.co.uk.
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