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Herrenweg 27, 65527 Niedernhausen, Germany | 50°9'39.40"N 8°13'57.82"E | Panoramic Image Shot During A Visit To Niedernhausen 072616 © 2016 TheFuturoHouse.com
Featured Image Courtesy Of Achim Breiling | Date 072812
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Notes, History & Resources
In July 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 Haigerloch 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.
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 Taunusstein and Haigerloch on 031316.
This photo shows this Futuro as it appeared on 031316. The exterior of the Futuro appears to be taking on more and more of a green appearance over time that presumably results from the large number of trees surrounding the unit. Yves, hope you do not mind me sharing your work again.
This photo, courtesy of futurohouse, [the original photo can be found on Flickr] shows this Futuro as it was 021515 and it also shows that, contrary to what was previously thought, this Futuro does have lower windows.
Original Images 072812
The following images are also courtesy of Achim Breiling aka "futurohunter" and were taken 072812.
The only earlier image I know of of this Futuro is one on Panoramio by Akira from 072507.
You can also see this Futuro in this snippet from the film "Weltmarktfuehrer - Die Geschichte des Tan Siekmann" [This is an avi format file and how it will play depends on your browser settings - if it fails to play you can use "save target as" to download the file to your local machine and then play using whatever media player application you use].
It seems that the idea that this Futuro was one of the three that were located in Belgium in 1971 may be incorrect after all [see the 082314 update below]. This conclusion was based on the fact that the Futuro had no lower windows. The photo at left, shot 021515 by futurohouse [futurohouse's original photo can be found on Flickr here], clearly shows that this Futuro does in fact have lower windows. For more information on this see the Ploemeur Futuro page where this is discussed in detail.
Based on analysis of several photographs by Yves Buysse it seems that this Futuro is possibly one of three that were located at 50°47'18.64"N 4°25'14.94"E in Belgium in 1971 [see this photo]. For more information on this see the Ploemeur Futuro page where this is discussed in detail.
In a 230812 article [German - English version by Google Translate here] by Susanne Stoppelbein for the Wiesbadener Kurier we find just a little more information on this Futuro. The article is not actually about the Futuro, it is about a lady by the name of Ilona Goreschian and her love of gardening. However the article does add a little to the information available on the Futuro.
The article reports that architect Jan Goreschian and his wife Ilona purchased the property at Herrenweg 27 "21 years ago"; since the article was written in 2012 that placed the purchase in 1991. The Futuro, described as being once a "hut", now serves Ilona as her garden shed. Of all the exciting plans for the Futuro in its heyday I doubt Matti Suuronen ever considered such a use. He might twitch a little at the fact that the article even mispells his name when reporting that the Futuro was designed by "Matti Suurosen".
My thanks to Achim Breiling for unearthing this article.
Original Information 072812
I found out today that Achim Breiling who has provided me with a great deal of information on several Futuro's goes by "futurohunter" on Flickr and that is certainly a very appropriate moniker. Following close on the heels of his tracking down the Matsalu Futuro in Estonia Achim is this time discovering another "new" Futuro a little closer to his home in Germany.
The photos to the right are all from Achim and were taken 072812 on a day trip where he was able to actually visit three [actually two and a half] Futuros, this one, the one in Taunusstein and the "half" Futuro in Frankfurt am Main.
The tale of Achim's detective work goes something like this:
All I can say is - awesome work Achim!
Achim says the Futuro appears to be in the middle of nowhere, hidden in the woods and that it appears to be still in use, perhaps as some kind of garden shed. Looking on Google Maps the Futuro is actually about 80 - 100 feet south of a home and it appears to be on the land belonging to the home and so such a use is not unreasonable [though it would not be my chosen purpose for such a treasure].
The Futuro seems exhibit a couple of differences from the norm. It does not appear to have the lower windows that most European Futuros have [Compare to Taunusstein]. Though it is not possible to see all around the Futuro the lower windows are certainly not present on the segments opposite the door which is where they commonly are. In addition there is a set of lockable doors installed that allow the Futuro to be secured even when the steps are down. It is not possible to determine if this was a modification at the time of manufacture or something that was fitted by the owners at a later date. These doors are clearly visible in the photos.
At this time that is everything I know about this Futuro so please, if you have any information you could share it would be much appreciated.
One other interesting fact not specific to this Futuro came out of Achim's Futuro outing. Including this newly discovered Futuro there are actually three [or two and a half] Futuro's in a relatively small geographic area around Taunusstein in Germany. One is on the grounds of Expotechnik Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Taunusstein, the second [the half] was donated by Expotechnik to a youth center in Frankfurt am Main and the third is this one. There is no actual evidence for it but given that Expotechnik was involved in "exhibitions" and the fact that their website includes imagery of what appears to be Futuro's not fully assembled it is possible that Expotechnik was a manufacturer or distributer of Futuros [and that maybe there are more in the area waiting to be found! Like I say no evidence for that but it is interesting to hypothesize sometimes.
Latest Confirmed Date
Personal visit to Niedernhausen 072616.
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