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.
the hexathedral is a trip down a possibility in the triangles and rectangles of the classic. it makes me laugh. it would make me even more giddy if someone were to build one of these somewhere/how. i got started on this angle with a variation by kurt klingbell, which got me on the stellated roof concept.
this version didn’t seem as practical as the standard hexayurt, or even necessarily feasible, but it did have an aesthetic appeal, so i turned it into a church. with a big soundsystem made from the same arrangement of triangles as the roof. the speaker covers may be the most practical part of this model.
this is (L) copyleft… use freely BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL ME ABOUT IT!! and send pictures.
the hexatent, or tentayurt. this model is part of a hexayurt mashup adventure i had late at night one day. it may or may not have any advantages over the traditional hexayurt. what it does have is the same number of triangles and rectangles as a regular hexayurt in a different form.
suitable to make you think different at the very least. i’m also looking at the places where there are 8′ edges as locations that can be expanded with more flat panels.