The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.


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R706, Bloemfontein, South Africa [Approximate] | 29°13'14.71"S 26°6'21.06"E
Featured Image Google Earth Screen Capture | Imagery Date 021618
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 021618
Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Google Earth Capture 021618  
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Notes, History & Resources
I have not found any photographs of this Futuro; the best I have so far is the screen capture above from Google Earth. If you have or are aware of any photographs please let me know; you can contact me by using this sites Contact Form or by email directly.  
I received an email recently from Leon Reynolds in which he told me of a Futuro off R706 about 10 miles or so south west of Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Futuro is visible in Google Maps and Google Earth and is located at 29°13'14.71"S 26°6'21.06"E.

I had never heard of a Futuro at this location before and I have seen no photos. In the past I have resisted adding a Futuro to the "confirmed" list on the basis of Google Maps and/or Google Earth and a "report" without photographic evidence as I have had many such reports which actually turned out not to be Futuros. Satellite imagery is often unclear and while it can be suggestive of a Futuro it is not usually conclusive. In this case however I do believe that this is indeed a Futuro for two primary reason:
  • There is satellite imagery in Google Earth from multiple dates and in some cases the angle of the satellite view makes it possible to get a good sense of the 3-D shape of the object based on the visible shadows and everything matches a Futuro.
  • In the image below the Google Earth measurement tool is used to determine the size of the object. This is not exact and at the level of zoom on the imagery it is a little "fuzzy" but the clear indication is an object of the correct size for a Futuro. In addition the 8 segments [and central vent] we would expect to see in a Futuro are clearly visible.
Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Google Earth Capture 021618 - Measurement

The Futuro is not at this location in satellite imagery dated 051702 but it is there in the next available imagery in Google Earth dated 082410 so it was presumably relocated from a previous location sometime between those two dates.

Leon - thanks for the information! If anyone is able to provide more information [or a photo] I can be contacted via this sites Contact Form or by email directly.

Latest Confirmed Date

Google Earth satellite imagery dated 021618.

Sources & Reference
  • Leon Reynolds

Got new, updated or corrected information or an image I could use?

I am always looking for additional information, history, details, images, videos; just about anything Futuro I guess - if you would like to contribute please use the Contact Form or email me directly.

As far as images go I am particularly interested in those that are either significantly better than the ones already on this page or show a different aspect or detail. If you own an image meeting one or both of those criteria I would love to be able to use it on this page but I will simply provide a link if that is your preference. Where permission is granted to use an image on the page appropriate attribution will be provided by means of a link to the original image, a link to a website of your choosing or both.
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