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The Science of the Yurt

When it comes to living in the round there is all sorts of draw to those who have seen it. Not only have round homes been a distinct phase in our human history, but science today proves out their many benefits. Anywhere from the health benefits to the architectural genius of these ancient designs prove that the round home is not going away anytime soon.

I have spent a long time scouring the internet reading all about my latest obsession of round homes specifically yurts. Check out this blog link to an architects thoughts on the glory of the round home.

http://www.mandalahomes.com/uncategorized/science-round-buildings/

“Q: I’ve heard there are inherent advantages to having a “round house.” Can you expand on this?

A: The oldest forms of indigenous shelter were often round. Think of the Southwest American hogan, the Mongolian yurt, the North American teepee and the Greek temenos. Why did our ancestors choose to build round? Because an ovoid shape — like that of eggs, the earth, tree trunks and stones — is what they saw reflected in their natural environment and, as usual, Mother Nature knows best.”

Right away it is evident to anyone who sees a Yurt for the first time that there is an innate draw to the structure itself.

I mean how can you look at that indigenous Yurt in all its glory and not feel the pull of the round on you. Check out this article where I found this picture and hear more about Why our Ancestors chose to build round homes as opposed to Pre Fab Boxes.

Check out this excerpt from another blog on Round Homes.

“If people do not have angles then we should not live in boxes,” declared architect Charles Deaton. In 1963, Deaton would go on to construct his only residential piece of architecture—a circular residence for himself called Sculptured House. It was eventually featured in Woody Allen’s sci-fi comedy Sleeper.

Deaton was certainly on to something with this idea, but for centuries architects have been enamored with round architecture. In the 16th century, influenced by the shapes of Greek and Roman temples, architect Andrea Palladio became obsessed with the circle as the perfect form. Pulling from concepts by Vitruvius, Palladio’s rounded architecture was thought to exemplify balance and harmony and has long influenced architects.

But in terms of function and efficiency, a look at indigenous architecture tells the true tale of why round homes reign supreme. Whether a nomadic Yurt, Navajo Hogan, or Arctic igloo, cultures have built round structures for specific reasons. Circular houses use inherently fewer materials than their square counterparts, an attractive option when resources were scarce and extra labor meant expending precious energy.

 

Eye-Opening History of Round Homes and Why Curves Matter in Architecture

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