Would you live in a yurt


This is almost the classic among yurt castles Yurt Dome. Seven yurt roofs nestle against each other like honeycombs. From above you could almost make out a flower.

The cathedral got its name because its middle yurt is usually raised by a side panel. This results in a very special ambience both from the outside and inside. Just like in a real cathedral.

Set up and seated with tables and benches, a yurt dome provides space for around 150 people. This leaves plenty of space for running and for buffets, drinks and, if desired, also for a small stage.

Without a large facility, over 200 people can find a roof over their heads for a celebration. However, you should definitely bring the outer yurts at standing height.

The construction can be set up with reasonable effort and enough helpers in one day. It is well suited for larger events and can be set up in a variety of ways.

When it rains and winds, a yurt castle of this size needs continuous supervision and possibly a night watch that can react accordingly, should this be necessary.

The safety guidelines for black tents should be observed. With a floor area of ​​approx. 200 m², the yurt dome is subject to special regulations (see flying construction and legal information on yurt castles). In any case, the construction should be discussed with the local building authorities.

What do you need for a yurt dome?

  • 6 x yurt roof 600 cm, without eaves
  • 1 x yurt roof 600 cm, with eaves edge (for the cathedral)
  • 7 x yurt tarpaulin
  • 7 x yurt cross or yurt spider, 6-fold
  • 48 x square tent lanes (or equivalent amount of double tent lanes)
  • 1 x central mast approx. 800 cm
  • 12 x side masts approx. 420 cm, 460 cm for Super XL tarpaulins
  • 6 x center pole
  • 36 x pole
  • 3 x tent pegs approx. 100 cm (securing middle mast)
  • 36 x pegs, 50 cm, for tensioning the support poles
  • 36 x pegs, 30 cm, for attaching the side tarpaulin to the floor
  • 36 x guy ropes, min 300 cm, 450 cm for Super-XL tarpaulins
  • 3 x synthetic hemp rope, approx. 2000 cm (securing middle mast)
  • 12 x guy ropes, approx. 1200 cm (for the Dom yurt)
  • 1 x synthetic hemp rope, approx. 1500 cm
  • 6 x synthetic hemp rope, approx. 600 cm
  • 7 x block rope pulley
  • 12 x yurt screw
  • Tie cord

In order to dispense with the inner poles at the connection point of the outer yurts, a suspension can be constructed with the following parts.

  • 18 x carabiners
  • 12 x block rope pulley
  • 6 x rope, approx. 900 cm
  • 6 x rope, approx. 600 cm
  • 6 x rope, approx. 300 cm
  • 6 x yurt screw

Instructions for building a yurt dome

Putting up a single yurt is one thing, building one is a much bigger thing Yurtendom. Basically, however, it is not so much the difference in skills, but rather in the hard work that the large yurt buildings require. It is important to consider the security of larger buildings.

These instructions describe the process for a yurt dome made up of seven yurts, of which the middle yurt is raised by another side tarpaulin. Due to the possibility of using different side tarpaulins, their different heights also result in different structural dimensions.

The construction time for a yurt dome takes a good day if all the material has been prepared. You should have around 2 to 3 people who have experience here. About 10 additional helpers are ideal. With good guidance, they don't need any special knowledge, but should have set up a yurt before.

At the end of the day, the cathedral should be ready and all side walls should be closed. This is the only way to ensure that the construction is secure even in bad weather.

Two yurt domes combined
Everything starts with a good plan.

Transferring dimensions into reality

version 1

A very precise variant is to transfer all the necessary dimensions for poles, poles, pegs, etc. to the floor and mark them before setting up. This should produce the most consistent result. However, this method also stops and depending on the age and delay of the tarpaulins used, the theory does not work one-to-one in practice. To transfer this plan in this way, you need sufficiently long measuring tapes and enough wooden stakes.

Variant 2

The second variant, which is more suitable in practice, is to lay out the roofs of the dome on the ground in advance. For this purpose, the roofs are put together at the connection points with yurt screws and then laid out as wrinkle-free as possible. For checking purposes, all corners, midpoints of the roofs and connecting lines must lie on straight lines.

If the roofs are properly laid out, all the necessary points can be marked. These include:

  • Base points of the 36 support poles
  • Base points for the central poles of the seven yurts
  • Base points of the 12 dome poles
  • Pegs for tensioning the 36 support poles
  • Pegs for tensioning the 12 dome poles
  • Pegs for the 3 guy lines of the central mast
  • possibly further anchoring points to secure the central masts of the outer yurts

The exact points for the pegs can easily be determined by placing a pole on the floor at the corresponding eyelet on the yurt roof. The tip of the pole rests on the eyelet, the pole itself must form a line (straight line) from the opposite eyelet, across the middle of the roof, through the pole. At the foot of this you can hammer the herring into the ground. Ideally, you attach the guy line with it right away.

Set up the middle yurt (cathedral)

Next, put all the building materials ready and start with the double-storey central dome. The height of the poles is calculated from the height of your side walls and the gain in height due to the roof pitch of the outer yurts.

Since you already know the correct anchoring points from the plan, it is easy to tension the lines cleanly.

Attach outer yurt roofs

The six outer yurt roofs are each connected to the cathedral via two fields and also linked to one another via two fields. It is good if you use yurt roofs without an eaves edge or individual kohten leaves, because an eaves edge prevents the roofs from being able to be connected in a stable manner.
So now you can put one roof after the other around your cathedral.
Small tools for building yurts
Some also use small aids for this. Basically, a few ladders are enough to work on the button strips.
the outer yurt roofs of the yurt castle
Here all yurt roofs are already buttoned together.

Guy outside yurts

As soon as all roofs are in place you can tension them evenly to the outside. Please make sure that the dome does not twist in the middle. If you stick to the measured anchoring points, this is quite easy.
This is what the yurt castle looks like from the inside. The roofs are up, the central rods of the satellites are still missing.

Attach side tarpaulins

Now it's time to put the side tarpaulin in place. Since this does almost most of the work, it is good to plan the construction of the yurt castle so that all yurts are closed at the end of the day. With open walls, the yurt dome is otherwise too susceptible to wind.

Attach yurt tarpaulins

The yurt dome is almost finished
Here the large yurt construction is almost finished. The yurt tarpaulin over the smoke holes and some bracing between the yurt roofs are still missing.
At the Landesjamboree 2007 we combined two of these domes and connected them to another one. In the end, 15 yurts were built in. Unfortunately, these did not stand for too long, because on the second day of construction a storm moved up to 100 kilometers per hour over the area, which destroyed one of the two domes.

See also

This construction has a floor area of ​​over 75 m². As a rule, this must be reported to the local building authority. Please also note the guidelines on safety in black tents and legal information on yurt castles