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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 051017 | ADDED 101511 | HAIGERLOCH, GERMANY | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
Madertal 6, 72401 Haigerloch, Germany | 48°22'0.40"N 8°46'59.08"E | Panoramic Image Shot During A Visit To Haigerloch 072616 © 2016 TheFuturoHouse.com

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Panoramic Shot Taken 072616
Featured Image Courtesy Of Achim Breiling | Image Date 061012
 
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Update 051017

This series of photos starts with a "before and after" view of the P&M campus and then "follows" the Futuro through dis-assembly and transport to re-assembly and display in Milan. The photos are courtesy of P&M Präsentation und Medientechnik GmbH.

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - Campus Before & AFter

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 1

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 2  P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 3

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 4

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 5  P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 6

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 7

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 8  P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 9

P&M Loan To Louis Vuitonn Expo April 2017 - 10



Update 042217

The video below, which captures the interior of this Futuro during the week it was in Milan, was posted to Instagram 040717 by paolagioiar.

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Update 040817

The photos below were all posted to Instagram 040317. The photos show this Futuro on display temporarily as part of the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection in Milan, Italy as a feature of the "Salone del Mobile. Milano" 040417 through 040917.

The photos are by [from top to bottom]: Milan - 040317 - ankigneib

Milan - 040317 - fredvalezy

Milan - 040317 - germanacostanza

Milan - 040317 - samedford

Milan - 040317 - barbarasnellenburg

Milan - 040317 - bn_industries

Milan - 040317 - ilguzzo



Update 080616

In July of 2016 I was fortunate enough to be able to take a vacation to Europe. The primary destinations were England and Switzerland but I was able to squeeze in a quick road trip through Germany to visit this Futuro along with those in Taunusstein and Niedernhausen as well as the half Futuro in Frankfurt.

The photos below were taken 072616; the condition of the Futuro appears to be largely unchanged from that seen in previous photographs.

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Visited - 072616 - 1

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Visited - 072616 - 2

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Visited - 072616 - 3

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Visited - 072616 - 4



Update 032016

Yves Buysse aka futurohouse has shared many photos and other items on these pages and it looks to me like he recently took a "Futuro Roadtrip" visiting this Futuro and those in Niedernhausen and Taunusstein on 031316.

This nice set of photos shows this Futuro as it appeared on 031316. Yves; as always I hope you do not mind me sharing your "Futuro Work" here.

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 1

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 2  Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 3

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 4

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 5  Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 6 Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Yves Buysse - 031316 - 7



Images Courtesy Of Achim Breiling | Image Date 061012

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Alt 1

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Alt 2

Images By Ivo Kompletti | CC 3.0 | Image Date 012211

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Alt 3

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - Alt 4
 
Update 051017

The P&M Präsentation und Medientechnik GmbH website includes some great photos relating to the temporary "re-assignment" of their Futuro to Milan; the photos can be found at left. There is also a little information accompanying these photos that includes two rather interesting "tidbits".

First we are informed that the call from Louis Vuitton inquiring about the possibility of displaying the P&M Futuro in Milan only came 10 days prior to the start of the event. Given that short notice it is very impressive that P&M were able to make it happen.

Second P&M include, along with the photos, a couple of lines of text relating to the history of their Futuro or, perhaps more accurately, "Futuros". If "Google Translate" is accurate then it seems P&M did not purchase a single Futuro House but instead actually acquired two Futuros in the 1970's.

Since the Futuro from the Haigerloch campus carries a Polykem identification plate [#004] indicating it was manufactured by Polykem in Finland and then imported by P&M [or some intermediary] it seems highly likely that if there was a second, which P&M clearly indicate there was, that would also have been a Finnish made imported unit. Oswin Appelmann, president of P&M, tells me that this second Futuro was destroyed in a fire.

Once again the "Finnish 20", the list of Futuros manufactured in Finland based on Matti Suuronen's Futuro CV "begs for another look" - might even be the "Finnish 23" now; more information can be found here.



Update 042217

A couple of observations from photos of this Futuro during its time in Milan.

First, as can be seen in the photo below left [sent to me by Yves Buysse], this Futuro carries a Polykem plate on the steps which identifies this Futuro as #4. Of course this also suggests the unit is one that was manufactured in Finland [and so causes me to once again "play" with Matti Suuronen's Futuro CV - the "Finnish 20"].

Second, the cluster of three small roof vents seen in earlier photos of this unit in Haigerloch [here and here] are missing in Milan as can be seen very clearly in the photo below right [posted to Instagram by franci.ma].

In fact not only are the vents themselves missing but there do not appear to be any openings in the roof of the Futuro for these vents. There is no way to know if they had previously been "cosmetic only" and mounted to the roof with no vent openings or if, during the move to Milan, the roof section that had the vents installed was restored without the vent openings.

Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - In Milan - April 2017 - Number 4 - Yves Buysse  Futuro, Haigerloch, Germany - In Milan - April 2017 - Roof Detail - franci.ma



Update 040817

A few days ago photos of a yellow Futuro in Milan started to pop up on Instagram; several of these can be found at left and a quick internet search will reveal many others.

A couple of minutes in Google revealed that the Futuro was on display as part of the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection which was in Milan, Italy as a feature of the "Salone del Mobile. Milano" running 040417 through 040917.

Though I was initially uncertain which Futuro this was it clearly bore a great resemblance to the Haigerloch unit [in particular the color and the appearance of some of the windows] and in email conversations Oswin Appelmann, president of P&M, confirmed the unit on display in Milan was indeed the P&M Futuro on loan from Haigerloch.

Oswin told me that the Futuro was disassembled 032817 and then driven to Milan using a custom trailer which safely transports all sections of the Futuro. The unit was reassembled at the Palazzo Bocconi, Corso Venezia 48, 20122 Milano on 033017. The Futuro will be disassembled 041017 and transported back to Haigerloch. P&M intend to do some restoration work before reassembling the unit back in its original location on the P&M campus.

My thanks to Oswin for taking the time to update me.



Update 062212

I am now able to add a little more information about this Futuro along with some new photos courtesy of Achim Breiling who recently passed by the site, was able to grab some photos and kindly emailed me the information and allowed me to display his photos here.

The Futuro is on the property of P&M Präsentation und Medientechnik GmbH. The company is in the business of Industrial Exhibitions, Exhibition Stands and the like and so the initial thought was that like Expotechnik Holding GmbH & Co. KG who own the Taunusstein Futuro the company may have been involved in early exhibitions or other activity related to or making use of the Futuro. However historical satellite imagery available in Google Earth shows that the Futuro was not in this location in 2000. Of course it could have been owned by the same company and located elsewhere but equally it could have been elsewhere with a different owner; at this time I have no way of knowing but I will endeavor to find out.

Though the windows were extremely difficult to see through Achim indicated to me that while the Futuro was clearly fully intact externally from what little he could see the interior was empty.



Original Information 101511

I came across this Futuro when searching Panoramio and other than the two Panoramio images by Ivo Kompletti I have not been able to find any additional information about it anywhere. It does not appear to be referenced on any of the usual websites that have lists of Futuro Houses and I came upon it purely by chance looking for photographs of another location.

I initially figured it was probably one that had been moved and was already recorded at another location but when I looked at dates that proved not to be the case. Ivo Kompletti's photos were taken January 2011 [012211] and the satellite imagery in Google that clearly shows the Futuro is only from 2010 so I have to assume the Futuro is still at the location and had simply not previously come to the attention of anyone with an interest in Futuros.

Given the almost complete lack of information on this unit if you happen to know anything about it I would love to hear from you.

Latest Confirmed Date

Personal correspondence with P&M President Oswin Appelmann 040517.


Sources & Reference

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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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