A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover.

Living in a Tent?

Actually, this article is not about living in a tent but living in a structure that uses fabric for roofing. Although in the past, skins have been used in structures like tepees and yurts, now modern fabrics are being used in even large scale structures like airports and stadiums.

Denver International Airport (Forbes)
Denver International Airport (Forbes)

 

Pusan Stadium, South Korea.
Pusan Stadium, South Korea. (Landrell Architects.)

 

Since we know that modern versions of yurts use modern fabrics, then why is it not possible to build a tiny house utilizing the current materials available?

From the outset, the sophisticated materials contained in a modern fabric, large scale construction is not necessary to consider. Generally, they require special glues or radio frequency applications to seal seams. They also can require high tension. If you are interested in a discussion of the various sorts of architectural fabrics, check out the link to  FabricArchitect.

We will discuss the material accepted for the making of yurts as the possible material for a tiny structure. In most cases, fabric covering yurts consists of a tightly woven, heavy canvas or cotton duck material with a coating of some sort such as acrylic polyurethane. Then will come an insulation layer of, say, felt and then a lining material usually of a polyester fabric. The main outside layer almost always consist of a canvas material whether cotton or a blend of cotton, nylon, polyester, etc…

Rather than reinvent the wheel, here are some videos that will give you some ideas.

 

 

 

 

To give an idea of how the concept of the use of tent roofing in constructing a small inexpensive dwelling. Take a look at the design of this A-frame. Instead of more expensive materials and a longer construction time of building roofing in a traditional way, canvas tent material is stretched over the frame. Insulation and lining, such as included in a yurt can be utilized here.

 

A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover.
A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover.

 

A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed.
A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed.

 

A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed. (Detail)
A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed. (Detail)

 

A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed. (Detail)
A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover Removed. (Detail)

 

A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover.
A Frame with Stretched Canvas Cover.

 

One can readily see that such a structure would not only be relatively easily built but with much less expense as well.

By looking at the design above, the imagination could turn the A-frame into a cylindrical structure or even a more gabled pattern. As long as the shape could take a stretched fabric, almost anything is possible.

 

 

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