I’ve always been a big fan of yurts. Their simplicity and strengths in all types of weather as well as their portability is a big reason to consider this type of structure.
DesignBoom recently published an article about Nurgisa Architects. A company that has introduced the concept of the Modern Kazakh Yurt.
By using curved plywood panel segments to shape a transformable yurt. The layout accommodates bedroom, kitchen, and toilet areas. With a 25-sqm perimeter.
The exterior of plywood panel segments features a flexible polymer film embedded with organic semiconductors, which generates electricity.
Each square meter of the electric polymer film produces 1 kW/hour, with additional electricity supplied by telescopic elements, contributing 5.3 kW.
The generated power is stored in batteries for household appliance use.
Though this is still just a concept I hope to see this developed in the near future. It would be perfect for many places around the world, not just a replacement for the old time yurt.
Architect: Nurgissa Architects
Images courtesy of Nurgisa Architects