In March 2016, I was funded by Make Something Edmonton’s Winter Project Accelerator Grant to run a lantern craft workshop and parade. It allowed me to offer a free workshop with a fairly fancy set of materials, so I was quite excited about that.
The Lantern project was based on twine, twigs (branches) tissue and twinkle lights, and has a diverse set of possibilities within a fairly unified colour scheme.
While working on a spa design for the HexaPlex, i discovered some exciting things with the hexayurt roof design- it will quite happily extend outwards in any direction you like. Same triangles, same angles. Sweet! Now what exactly does that solve?
Reduced Flat Exposure to Wind:
If you have a 6′ or 8′ wall hexayurt, you may be somewhat nervous to set it up in a windy universe; such as burning man, top of a cliff, Lethbridge. And that would be reasonable caution. but now you can extend your roof further, and make your outer walls shorter, making a safer yurt for your self and all your downwind neighbors.
So Much Space ! :
every 8′ roof wing that you attach adds a 1/2 hexayurt worth of floor space. enough to fit 2 single beds or one queen. plus personal storage. 5x 8′ wings (leaving one off for a tall door) will provide a total of 3.5 hexayurts in area- 406’2. a more modest 4′ roof wing will give you .375 more area each.
Wow, so who’s done this?
To my knowledge, no one. so you can be first! Help chart bold new ways in Hexayurtopia! Send me pictures! I would only recommend this to an engineer or experienced yurt crafter. Please don’t take this on for your first yurt.
This file has a lot of construction extras, so you can put together a bunch of different formats from components. If you are not familiar with components in sketchup, there are a number of great videos on google to teach you all about it.
The other day, hanging out on the facebook hexayurt group, I discovered a design request for some arraigned H14s from months ago. Sounded good, so I strung some sketchup hexayurts together and posted the picture. Thinking about it later that day, I realized there were these gaps at the corners that were remarkably like 1/3 segments of hexagons… almost as if they could fit more hexayurt sections in. So I cut up some more hexayurts in the model and jammed them in. Success! The Hexagon Fills Its Gaps Again! Love it. And the HexaPlex was born.
Expansive Floor Plan!
With 8 standard Hexayurts worth of floor space, the covered area in the HexaPlex is a stunning 1328’2. Plus a 166’2 courtyard in the center. The outer circumference (for your (large) tension ring needs) is 144′. The first one of these that I build (crossing fingers) will have 6 posts and beams to go around the roof-peak line as well. Partially for my over-stability needs, and partially as a handy solid place to hang lots of stuff from.
note: if you build it – which I would love – you take full responsibility for your safe construction. I am and artist and designer, not an engineer or architect. So there.
Download the HexaPlex Sketch here!
Sketch-up version 8 model is freely available for your modulating pleasure here.
As with all Hexayurt material on this site this is licensed CC-BY-SA : use freely and attribution is appreciated.
Watching Open Source unfold is such an exciting thing. I’m one of those guys with a million and ten ideas about how to change the world and no time to do 99.9994 of them (that’s right, 16 amazing things to pay attention to!). But dropping a thought into an expanding culture… way more efficient!
A few months ago, an installation of an H13 hexayurt caught my attention: Korkalo is an artist collective in the neighbourhood of Vallila in Helsinki, Finland. They installed and inhabited a fancy MDF hexayurt in their local park to serve as a stage and gallery. The Question they Asked: what would art do in the face of a massive system disaster. The Answer as near as I can tell (only some of the material is in a language i read) ; gather people to share information, comfort, and ideas.
The stage/gallery they chose to ask this question in is a very open source project, the Hexayurt, which is a great at catching the imagination of artists and crafty people by it ease of construction and efficiency of materials. You don’t have to show this design to a builder or crafter more than once for them to have it in their emergency toolkit forever.
I like how Kuori uses some strong hinges to make this hexayurt more open than most.
” Our idea was to create a hub, an enclosed space from which things could expand and contaminate the space of Hauhonpuisto Park. For this reason we planned our hexayurt so that two of the six walls effectively become a large gate opening onto the outside space.”
last week some friends and i went for a walk in the local ravine. we brought some lanterns and a firepit on a wagon. all accounts concur that it was a great evening in the park. the weather was perfect too, chilly but not dangerous. and the snow that had been threatening for the last week held off until we were back at the beginning around a big fire. pictures by Luke Smith, thanks!
New Years Eve, 2010. Our community holds an annual gathering for about 5 days to celebrate and reflect on the last year and imagine for the next year. We call it Intention Alberta, after the much longer running Intention on the west coast of BC. This year we put a project in motion to test and increase our capacity to assemble off grid shelter. The Hexayurt was the open-hardware building style we chose to work with.
There are a bunch of pictures and models posted previously; here we have a time lapse movie of the second stage of assembly. the base was put together the day before. As you may be able to see: we used a frame, square-edged SIPs (structural insulated panels) and triangular wedges to fill the corner gaps. Our next SIP-a-yurt will have beveled edges on the SIPs and just 2 posts (center+front) and one beam for framing.
Note the sexy bathrobes: this was the Steampod (the group tasked with assembling structures and fires, particularly the steam pod itself) uniform. These bathrobes had a powerful effect on collaborative will and function. Highly recommended for any other off-beat construction process.