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What is a Yurt?
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What is a Yurt?

The Pacific Yurt is a modern adaptation of the ancient shelter used by Central Asian nomads for centuries. The compact shape of the yurt and combination of lightweight members in tension and compression mean that the structure is highly efficient in maximizing strength while minimizing the use of materials.

The Pacific Yurt is a lightweight, low-cost, state-of-the-art version that retains the sense of wholeness of the ancient form while delivering the structural integrity, longevity and low maintenance demanded by modern users.

Though generally classified as a tent, the yurt is much stronger and weathertight. The Pacific Yurt is a circular structure that consists of a durable fabric cover, tension band and a wood frame that includes a lattice wall, radial rafters, central compression ring and a framed door.

"There aren't many places where you can sleep this comfortably and still see the stars."
- James H., Wyoming
Yurt with a deck Yurt Interior

Typically set upon wood platforms supported by simple post-and-beam systems, Pacific Yurts have minimal impact on the surrounding soils and, though durable, can be removed without a trace. Their flexibility allows them to be used in a wide variety of applications, from simple cabins to fully furnished retreats, complete with plumbing and electricity.

As the original manufacturer of the modern yurt, we have since 1978 shipped our product all over the world, where they have been used in an array of personal, business and government applications.

"It is an ingenious design, fun to put up and a very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing space."
- Laurel H., California






Traditional Yurt
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Natural Strength
The yurt's natural strength:
Rafters push inward on compression ring and outward on tension cable, which acts in a similar way to a hoop on a barrel preventing the rafters from moving/spreading outward.

Wind Diagram
An aerodynamic shape:
The yurt's aerodynamic shape allows the wind to easily flow around it rather than pushing against flat walls.

Roof Load
Roof Load:
Roof loads are transferred down the rafters to the tension cable.

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