Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

by , 08/25/14
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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.

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“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

+ Trakke

Images via Trakke

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  1. Susan Aldrich March 30, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I agree with these two. It looks like you “improved” it in the wrong direction. After all, yurts are for nomads and are already portable. Why have a hole in the roof if it’s not going to let the smoke from the central fire out? Cute, but not super-functional, it seems.

  2. Bes Mcmillan August 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The compact roof poles look great, but what prompted you to replace traditional khana walls with solid panels? I’d have thought the lattice style khana walls would be a lighter, more efficient use of materials.

  3. lolito August 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Isnt it a damn good wood burning yurt? dont try to make a fire inside dudes!

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