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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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         UPDATED 040817 | ADDED 062312 | DEEP CREEK, AUSTRALIA | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
Blowhole Creek Rd, Deep Creek SA 5204, Australia [Approximate] | 35°38'57.16"S 138°8'36.76"E
Featured Image By ATTS On TravelBlog | Image Date 042609
 
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 011916
Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia  
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Update 051416

These two photos, by MaxPritchardGunner Architects, show this Futuro as it appeared on 040716. The second photo provides the first interior view I have seen of this Futuro and, though the view is limited, it looks like the interior is as well maintained as the exterior. MaxPritchardGunner Architects original photos were posted to Instagram and can be found here and here.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - 040716 - By MaxPritchardGunner Architects - 1

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - 040716 - By MaxPritchardGunner Architects - 2



Update 030516

Sharon P. sent me the photo below [thanks Sharon] which shows this Futuro on Melbourne Street in Adelaide, South Australia in the early 1970's. This is the only photo I have seen of this Futuro at its original location.

I am not sure where the photo originated, possibly on adelaidenow.com.au but that is a subscription site and I do not have a subscription, so if anyone can point me in the direction of the "owner" of this photo I would appreciate it so that I can provide proper attribution for its use here.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia When On Melbourne Street Adelaide 1970's



Update 011015

The photo below is courtesy of P. Johnson Tailors [Melbourne & Sydney]; it is probably the most interesting photograph I have seen of this Futuro; almost "other worldly" in appearance.. It was posted to Instagram by [pjohnsontailors] back in July 2013. The original photo can be found here.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By P. Johnson Tailors



Update 100713

The two close up photos below were captured by birdsrule on 090513 and are shown here with permission.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123



Update 061613

These four photos were taken by Choppy123 and accompanied an 061113 blog posting titled "Futuro House (UFO House) here in Adelaide." The photos are shown here with permission - thanks Choppy123.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By Choppy 123



Update 101312

These four photos were taken by liam.jon_d on 082711 [which is now the latest confirmed date for this Futuro]. I particularly like the first one which is crystal clear and shows the Futuro in great detail.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 4

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 3

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 2

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 1

During its "past life" in Adelaide this Futuro was owned by Derek Jolly who is commemorated by the plaque shown below which features, among other things, his Futuro. This photograph of the plaque is by superdiscobrakes and was taken 071108.

Derek Jolly Memorial Plaque

The photograph below is from the North Adelaide Society Inc Photographic Survey and shows the Futuro as it looked in 1976 when it was located on Provost St in Adelaide. The photograph was taken as part of a photographic survey conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s by members of the society keen to keep a photographic record of every property in North Adelaide at the time. It is displayed here with the permission of the North Adelaide Society.

Futuro - Adelaide



Original Images [Or Lack Thereof!] 062312

If you happen to have any images of this Futuro that you would not mind me using here please let me know. Thanks
 
Update 082413

This Futuro made an appearance in a local newspaper The Advertiser on 050613. The article, seen below, included a nice photo of the Futuro in its current location as well as a smaller inset photo I had not seen before of the unit in its previous location in Adelaide.

We also read in the article that in 1997 the Futuro and the rugged coastal land upon which it sits [12 hectares or approximately 30 acres] was put up for sale for $135,000; the article does not indicate if a sale actually took place.

My thanks to Scott Hedges for sending me the information and the shot of the newspaper article.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - The Advertiser 050613



Update 101312

In a couple of June 2012 posts on the WeeGee Futuro Facebook Page Marcus Brownlow recounts the history of this Futuro.

Marcus tells us that the Futuro was owned by a man called Derek Jolly. By all accounts Derek Jolly, a local entrepreneur, was a "larger than life" character. Jolley's Futuro "landed" on Melbourne Street in Adelaide in the early 1970's and apparently caused something of a stir among local residents who felt it did not fit with the character of the area.

The Futuro was located on a vacant piece of land on Melbourne Street until the land was purchased for the construction of an apartment building. As a result the Futuro was then relocated to provost Street in Adelaide [see picture at left]. Sometime later the Futuro was moved around 100 km south to it's present location.

In 2005 Annabelle Collett [dead link - pdf here] was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council to create a memorial plaque to commemorate Derek Jolly. A photograph of the plaque can be seen at left.

Marcus Brownlow tells us that the images on the plaque represent Derek's Jolly's passions; car racing, photography, music, fine wine and, in the center, his Futuro.

The same history, though in less detail, is also recounted in an 031810 blog post on the 891 ABC Adelaide website.



Original Information 062312

While searching for Futuro House information the other day I stumbled upon a blog by ATTS on the site TravelBlog the other day. The blog is an interesting account of walking the Heysen Trail [Get this! A 1200 km Walking Trail] in South Australia; ATTS is a braver man than I.

Anyway on the blog was an image of a Futuro [new to me] seen along the way. Some work in Google Earth and Google Maps confirmed the Futuro as being on site as at 012310.

I have not been able to find any other information about this Futuro so if you know anything or have images I could use please do let me know.

Latest Confirmed Date

Google Earth satellite imagery dated 082316.

Sources & Reference

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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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