70's Futuro house



Futuro house

The retro modern home of the future

Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home.

The idea behind the design reflects the optimism of the sixties. At the time people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. The ideal was of a new era, a space-age, where everybody would have more leisure time to spend on holidays away from home.

The Futuro house was completely furnished and could accommodate 8 people. It was constructed entirely out of reinforced plastic, a new, light and inexpensive material back then. The plan was to mass-produce it, so it would be cheap enough to house all people around the earth. Because it was so light-weight, it was easily transportable by helicopter. Mobile living was the new possibility for the future. People could now take their moveable home with them, to wherever they went, and live like modern nomads.

Unfortunately the 1973 oil crisis spoiled all these plans. Prices of plastic raised production costs too high to be profitable. Fewer than 100 Futuro houses were ever built. Besides the 20 made in Finland, a few dozen were manufactured abroad on license. Recently 12 Futuro copies were discovered in Taiwan.

Futuro specifications:
- polyester exterior
- colors white, light-blue, yellow or red
- height 4 meters
- diameter 8 meters
- weight 4000 kilos
- floor space 25 square meters
- 20 oval shaped windows
- retractable stairs entrance
- 6 bed-seats plus 1 double bed-seat
- central fire place and bbq
- kitchen
- bathroom with toilet
- moveable by helicopter

Latest news : Futuro House now to be visited in Rotterdam, Netherlands

May 8th, 2011. MUST SEE...

The very first Futuro prototype (# 001) can now be visited in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the museum Boijmans van Beuningen. There is also the possibility to view the completely restored original interior. The exhibition "Futuro - Constructing Utopia" will be from from May 21 2011 until October 9 2011.

Matti Suuronen, Futuro (design 1968). Polyester and various materials. Prototype purchased with the support of BankGiro Loterij 2007. Photo: Jelle Brandt Corstius
Matti Suuronen, Futuro (1968), prototype. Polyester and various materials. Purchased with the support of BankGiro Loterij 2007. © Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Photo: Maurice Boyer

WeeGee's Futuro House

The WeeGee Exhibition Centre has acquired the first ever mass-produced Futuro house (no. 001), which was owned by Matti Kuusla from summer 1968 to autumn 2011 and located in Hirvensalmi. The Futuro, exposed to the elements for over 40 years, will first be carefully restored and then brought to WeeGee’s courtyard, where it will be open to the public from 8 May to 16 September 2012. The Futuro exhibition is part of the Design Capital programme.

On this Facebook page the story of Futuro no. 001 will be closely monitored by conservator Sami Supply, who is in charge of restoring the house, and Futuro historian Marko Home, who is the producer of WeeGee's Futuro exhibition.

Lists of other located Futuro Houses around the world

WAM | Architecture tagged with Futuro Houses

The Futuro House Project - Information, Photos & Locations

Other websites

Futuro House - Home of the Future

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Article by Marc Berting - 2001 - 2014

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Settings Description
futuro1.gif An ideal week-end cottage for the family of tomorrow
futnz1.gif Somewhere in Australia
futuro5a.gif Apres ski
Image75.jpg On the beach
sfuturo2.jpg In the desert
10350510.jpg A view by night
futurow.jpg Dombai, Soviet Union, at an altitude of 3000 metres
futuro2.gif Film director Mika Taanila in Ahvenanmaa, 1997
futu5.jpg Thames River, London, 1969
futur.jpg The Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands still keeps a prototype
futurohouses.gif A small picture
fin3522.jpg On a hill side
980819ku21p.jpg In the snow
3.jpg At an exhibition
Interior Description
980819ku21i.jpg The bed-seats
futkort3.jpg Around the fire place
futkort2.jpg Space age
futkort4.jpg Fish eye view
futint1.jpg The kitchen
Construction Description
futnz8.gif Disassembling in New Zealand
futnz5.gif Unbolting
futnz7.gif Taken further apart
futnz6.gif Paul McNeil standing in front of the disassembled pieces
futnz4.gif Ready for shipment to Australia
Transport Description
200007TAAV.jpg Suspended from a helicopter
futheli.gif Artists impression
suuronen01.jpg A moveable home
futuro3.gif Stockholm 22 October 1969
99029.jpg Stockholm 22 October 1969
Miscellaneous Description
futkort1.jpg Scale models. One of modular tower construction, and on top of a gas station
futplan2.gif Blueprints
arufo.gif Oval windows
200007TAAP.jpg Mika Taanila holding a scale model
Movie clips Description

Plastic houses, featuring the Futuro house

A look inside the Futuro house


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