a design mockup of a hexayurt based gazebo
a hexagazebo!

a question was asked on the hexayurt google group (if you like hexayurts in a big nerdy way, and are not already on that list, why not browse over to http://groups.google.com/group/hexayurt/ to add yourself) about hexayurt based gazebo structures.

i have had this file in my pocket for a few months, done up extra special for a top-secret art installation, so i cleaned up the secret parts to show the basic framework of the hexa-gazebo.

i imagine this design to work best with plywood triangles, this may in fact be my only all-triangle hexafamilly design.  maybe not.  there are a lot of fun things to do with triangles.

as it has not been built, i do not know how strong the plan is.  there are a few places where extra reinforcement may be needed.  they are noted with simple lines-  between the base points of the Leg Triangles, and from the center of the 3 open wall spaces.  putting a 2×2 or something similar there would also allow convenient attachment of bug screens, drapes, or whatever else the local ecosystem needs for comfort.

here is the downloadable sketchup (version 8) file:

as noted in the file and picture, these pictures and files are available under the creative commons license (CC BY-SA) -attribution, share-alike;
and since i had to look it up to find out what i meant, here is the link to cc-by-sa 3.0.  hope you found it as educational as i did :)  actually, i hope everyone already knows all about it, cause it’s awesome.



(and send me pictures if you build one!)

hexathedral – hexayurt mashup

hexayurt mashup
yet another hexayurt mashup

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.



one of my artistic areas of exploration is semi-permanent shelters.  this comes from a situation i find myself in often: The Festival. Festival is a great place to gather people, re-affirm cultural values, breakdown habits, and practice life could be different.

one of Life Could Be Different is what if there were a Big Problem.  like a disaster.  for example.  or it’s time for the hippies to Go Back To The Land.  (not in itself a problem, but problems would likely arise).


one of my ongoing projects is Pavilion, an exploration into many kinds of shelter structures.  i’ve done geodesic domes, icosahedrons (starpods),  multi-dome jams, and now.. HEXAYURTS.

if you check out the fun at www.hexayurt.com you’ll see people into the same vibe. The basic idea is to build a shelter with 4’x8′ material (foam, cardboard, plywood, osb…etc).  use 6 for the walls in a hexagon pattern, and then 6 more for the roof by making one full diagonal cut and flipping the triangles together to make a big triangle.  attach with tape (for foam or cardboard material) or shape cutouts of the two angles (wood).  et voila.  a shelter that costs 1/5th of a standard humanitarian aid tent, and lasts 10x as long.

we started with an outdoor stage for our community’s annual fall equinox gathering Symmetree. our first yurt, a stage for earthdance edmonton @ symmetree 2010

the model, courtesy of Scott (rocketscott at ohyah.ca), we used to build our stage with.

166’2 floor space. just enough for the dj.

we flipped some triangles around to make a slightly more useful amount of space with the hexayurt concept.  we call this mod h13.

with two panels for each of the 6′ walls (overlapped cause we didn’t want to deal with extra cuts) , we ended up using 16 4×8 panels for structure and 2 more for deco.

below is a gallery of hexayurtism.

including some (lots) of future dreams.