Yurt, Houses of Nomadic Peoples

Yurt houses are the traditional residences of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. The Yurt houses have round shapes to facilitate transport, made with a wooden structure covered with wool felt. It is native to Mongolia, where yurts are the most common habitat.

They are quick houses to assemble and disassemble (about 3 or 4 hours) and easy to transport (about 100 kg for a 5 m yurt). Yurt houses do not need ground nails as they are simply mounted on any soil, sand, stones, or even ice cubes.

Thanks to the vertical walls, its round shape reduces exposure to the wind and increases the feeling of space.

types of yurt houses

Despite its apparent simplicity, Yurt houses have a very well designed structure, where each element has a fundamental importance and interacts with the others, creating a structural whole.

Inside, the circular ceiling represents the sky, and the opening in the center is like the sun, the eye of heaven, through which natural light enters. The center is the most sacred place where there is fire, which symbolizes life.

The habitat can be considered as our 3rd skin, the epidermis being the first and the clothing the second. 

The environment and the TYPE OF HOMES we live in directly influence our well-being and our being. The shape, the materials, the colors as well as their function, determine the feeling of peace and harmony.

Design and Construction of Mongolian Yurts

The size of the Yurt house depends on the number of sections or frames in which its structure is divided. A medium-sized family yurt consists of 4-6 frames, corresponding to a diameter of 5-7 meters.

The height of the vertical divisions varies from 1.40 to 1.85 meters, while the crown (hole in the ceiling) is approximately 3 meters above the floor, depending on the use that you want to give it.

yurt houses
Yurta House, about 7 meters in diameter.

Especially if the yurt stays in one place for a long time, the floor is usually covered with a removable wooden base with a carpet on top, which allows for greater comfort and durability.

In addition, the excellent insulation qualities of the felt make the yurt remain comfortable and withstand large temperature variations, very common in deserts.

Yurt house, from Mongolia, on a wooden frame.
Yurt house, from Mongolia, on a wooden frame.

Elements that make up the Yurt Houses

  • A cylindrical wall made of several frames assembled together.
  • Each framework is composed of wooden slats crossed with each other, so that they can be expanded and collected.
interior structure of a yurt house
Interior structure of a yurt house .
  • The roof, made of poles, which rest on the upper part of the framework and which are inserted into a central crown that forms the summit. This hole or central eye can be covered, in case of rain, by a “hat” or canvas, lined on the inside with felt to function as insulation and on the outside with waterproof canvas.
Yurt House, central dome
Yurt House, central dome, overhead lighting.
  • This frame or wooden structure is covered with felt, one or several layers, depending on the outside temperature. A thick waterproof white cotton fabric is added, which protects the felt from the elements.
Yurt house, half-timbered and entrance door.
Yurt house, half-timbered and entrance door.

One of the advantages of living in a Yurt is that it allows you to move without a building permit, and at the same time its low cost of assembly. This makes, after all, a simpler life and in contact with nature.

Modern Yurts

Modern Yurts are ideal for rural tourism, glamping and as permanent rest homes, in rustic farms or gardens.

They can be found in different sizes, with 5, 6 and 7 walls or sections of wooden framework, specially reinforced, treated and adapted for different climates. It is available in different colors, textures and materials, fully customizable.

Modern Yurts Price

The prices of the Yurt houses range between 2,000 and 7,000 dollars, and will be in correspondence with their size (diameter and height), their component materials and the degree of customization.

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The Yurta is a great complement to welcome friends, in an attached accommodation and it is also a functional and aesthetic space for rural camping, vacations, weddings, meetings, courses or exhibitions. 

The yurt experience is a great way to restore the relationship between man and nature.

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