70's 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
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.
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.
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.
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|An ideal week-end cottage for the family of tomorrow|
|Somewhere in Australia|
|On the beach|
|In the desert|
|A view by night|
|Dombai, Soviet Union, at an altitude of 3000 metres|
|Film director Mika Taanila in Ahvenanmaa, 1997|
|Thames River, London, 1969|
|The Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands still keeps a prototype|
|A small picture|
|On a hill side|
|In the snow|
|At an exhibition|
|Around the fire place|
|Fish eye view|
|Disassembling in New Zealand|
|Taken further apart|
|Paul McNeil standing in front of the disassembled pieces|
|Ready for shipment to Australia|
|Suspended from a helicopter|
|A moveable home|
|Stockholm 22 October 1969|
|Stockholm 22 October 1969|
|Scale models. One of modular tower construction, and on top of a gas station|
|Mika Taanila holding a scale model|
|Plastic houses, featuring the Futuro house|
|A look inside the Futuro house|
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