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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 120416 | ADDED 092711 | MAEBASHI, JAPAN | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
Felica Technical Academy, 371-0805 2-38-2 Minami-cho, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan | 36°22'37.75"N 139°4'1.26"E
Featured Image By WAM.org | Image Date Unknown
 
Google Maps | Street View Imagery Date August 2015
Futuro, Maebashi, Japan  
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Bing Maps Screenshot & Additional Images
 
Notes, History & Resources
Update 031515

Back in 2011 Maniackers Design allowed me to share some 2009 images of this Futuro that they posted to Flickr. Recently they sent me an extensive set of photographs from that shoot [most of which were never added to Flickr] and some of these are displayed below. The photos include exterior shots, interior shots and a series of photos featuring a couple of "aliens". My thanks to Maniackers Design for sharing these photos.

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 1

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 2  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 3

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 4  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 5

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 6  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 7

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 8  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 9

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 10  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 11

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 12

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 13  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 14

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 15

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 16  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 17

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 18

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 19  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 20

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 21  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 22

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 23

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 24  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 25

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 26  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 27

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - 28

Aliens Blurb

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 1

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 2  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 3

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 4  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 5

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 6  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 7

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 8  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 9

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 10

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 11  Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 12

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design - Received Feb 2015 - Aliens 13



Original Information 092711

The imagery currently in use in Google Maps does not show the Futuro very clearly; it is actually difficult to really verify that the Futuro is actually at that location. The image below is a screen shot from Bing Maps which does show the Futuro clearly.

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Bing Maps

The following images are by Maniackers Design. They were taken 050509 and are displayed here with permission.

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design 1

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design 2

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design 3

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design 4

Futuro, Maebashi, Japan - Maniackers Design 5

Additional Images
 
I have not been able to find any articles or references to this Futuro in English and my Japanese is about as good as my Orangutan and let me tell you my Orangutan is not too good. Google Translate is a great tool but even so it leaves you with a text that is not always easy to understand. As far as I can tell it seems that this Futuro has been at the Felica Technical Academy since 2001. The Futuro appears to have either been the subject of a minor miracle and been maintained in mint condition since its manufacture or, much more likely, it has been the subject of a major restoration project; either way it appears to be in pristine condition.

I have to mention one of the photos by Maniakers Design, number 4, which shows a Smart Car parked in front of the Futuro - too cool and now one of my favorite photos.

Location note: the address for this Futuro is the Felica Academy address from the Academy website as translated by Google Translate. If that address is put into Google Maps it is not found so I can only assume the translation is less than perfect but since the address is from the Academy website I have assumed it is correct. A search in Google Maps using the co-ordinates will return the Futuro.

Latest Confirmed Date

Maebashi - Latest Confirmation - 111216 - ginza1972This photograph by ginza1972 taken 111216.

The original photograph can be seen on Instagram here.


Sources & Reference

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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