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         UPDATED 032016 | ADDED 122113 | LORNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT

         Previously located at 1280 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby VIC 3179, Australia - Moved 2004
985 Erskine Falls Rd, Lorne VIC 3232, Australia | 38°31'7.99"S 143°53'14.45"E
Featured Image By Mara Szoeke | Image Date Unknown
 
Bing Maps | Satellite Imagery Date Unknown
Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia  
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Notes, History & Resources
Update 030516

Owner Mara Szoeke recently added the photos below to Facebook. The photos are from 2004 when the Futuro was disassembled at its previous Scoresby location after Mara purchased it [hope you don't mind me sharing them here Mara].

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 1  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 2

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 3  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 4

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 5  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 6

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 7  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 8

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 9  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 10

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly11  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page Feb 2016 - 2004 Disassembly 12



Update 101815

Owner Mara Szoeke posted the photos below, documenting the disassembly of the Futuro which is now up for auction, to her Facebook page 101315. See right for more details.

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 1

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 2  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 3

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 4

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 5  Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia - Mara Facebook Page 101315 - 6



Update 030114

The series of photos displayed below were taken by noted drummer, record producer and songwriter Jack Baker while on tour playing drums for Bonobo. The were shared with me by Craig Barnes [futurohouse.co.uk], owner of the Herefordshire Futuro and long time friend of Jack Baker. My thanks go to both Jack and Craig for allowing me to display the photos here.

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker A

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker B

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker C

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker D

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker E

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker F

Futuro, Lorne, Victoria, Australia | Jack baker G



Update 021314

This photo was posted under the title "The Otway Futuro" in a Facebook post on 021114. I believe it is one and the same as the Lorne Futuro; more details at right.

Futuro, Lorne/Otway, Victoria, Australia



Original Images 122113

The featured image above is the only image I have ever seen of this Futuro. The photo was posted by owner Mara Szoeke on Facebook. If you have or know of any others please let me know.

The video below, "Mara's Caribbean UFO Abduction", was posted to YouTube by Russell White [the video itself indicates it was shot, produced and edited in 2004]. Russell's video features the pair of Futuros that were located in Scoresby and includes a montage of stills along with video footage of the disassembly of one of the units in 2004.

In her Facebook Post Mara tells us:

"You can view a youtube video of how we moved it - go to - Mara's Caribbean UFO Abduction"

which seems like a pretty certain confirmation that this is one of the units from Scoresby which changes the status of one of the two from "lost" to "found".



 
Update 032016

The Gumtree.com.au listing has ended and the site now reports the listing as "sold" and in a post to her Facebook Group owner Mara Szoeke indicates the Futuro's destination is Perth, Australia.



Update 030516

If you are interested in purchasing this Futuro you will need to get your bid in very soon. The Gumtree.com.au listing has been updated to include both a "starting price" of $20,000 and an "end date" with the highest bid above the starting price registered by 5:00 PM Sunday March 6th being accepted.

Owner Mara Szoeke has also created a Facebook Group which offers an alternative way to place a bid along with the opportunity to keep up with the story. Mara also added some great photos to that page from back in 2004 when the Futuro was disassembled at its previous Scoresby location after Mara purchased it. Those photos can be found at left.



Update 021916

It seems the late 2015 auction did not result in the sale of this Futuro as it was listed for sale on Gumtree.com.au on 021816. The listing does not include a price; it simply indicates that price is "negotiable".

As always when I write about a Futuro for sale I wish I could be the one to purchase but that is not going to happen so I will content myself with the hope that whoever ends up purchasing this unit will do so with the intent to restore and preserve it.



Update 101815

In a 101315 post to her Facebook page owner Mara Szoeke provided further details regarding the sale of her Futuro.

The unit is for sale by online auction with a starting price of $50,000. Mara can be contacted at maraszoeke@gmail.com for more information and to register bids.

Bidding will conclude 103015 and the unit must be picked up by 112015. The unit requires a new support structure and floor and it has no interior fittings; it is a disassembled shell only [see photos at left].



Update 101015

In a 100815 post to the Modernist Australia Facebook page Mara Szoeke, owner of this Futuro indicated that the unit would shortly be put up for auction. Mara added that the unit was already disassembled and ready to be moved and that the auction starting price would be $50K. More information will be posted here as and when it becomes available. If you are looking to purchase a Futuro keep an eye out for updates or sign up for my mailing list to automatically receive any info as soon as I have it.



Update 030114

Lorne Falls FestivalI received an email this week from Craig Barnes [futurohouse.co.uk], owner of the Herefordshire Futuro which included the series of photos shown at left. The photos were taken by noted drummer, record producer and songwriter Jack Baker while on tour playing drums for Bonobo. They were playing at the Falls Music & Arts Festival, an annual event that runs at multiple sites; at the Lorne venue the festival ran 122813 through 010114.

Craig tells me that the Futuro

"... was used as the backstage dressing room for the headline act ..."

In this case that act was The Roots who served as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. As a part of the supporting act Jack was unable to go inside the Futuro so the photos are exterior only but nevertheless it is a great set of photos and I thank both Jack and Craig for allowing me to display the photos here.

Jack's photos have made me even more convinced that the "Otway Futuro" and the "Lorne Futuro" are one and the same. One of the only reasons I was unsure previously was the condition of the paintwork which appeared to be far better in Mara's photo than in the photo of the "Otway Futuro".

However looking at Jack's photos [taken very recently] there is clear evidence of the deterioration of the finish and the seams between the sections which standout in the "Otway" photo are also evident in some of Jack's shots. It seems to me that Mara's photo is probably the oldest with the "Otway" photo being taken some time between Mara's and Jack's.

As a direct result of the information in Craig's email I have now been able to pinpoint the location of the Futuro using Bing Maps [985 Erskine Falls Rd, Lorne VIC 3232, Australia | 38°31'7.99"S 143°53'14.45"E]. Had I used Bing Maps back when I first heard of this Futuro I would have located it then but I used Google Earth and Google Maps and despite looking several times at the exact location I could not identify the Futuro; in fact in Google Maps even having the exact co-ordinates without other evidence it would be hard to say from the satellite imagery that there was definitely a Futuro at the location. Not so with Bing Maps which, as can be seen above, clearly shows a Futuro.

Google Maps does however give us one thing Bing Maps does not at this location and that is Street View and, as seen below, you can actually see the Futuro [top only] from Erskine Falls Road using Google Street View.


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Update 021314

On 021114 in a Facebook post on the Futuro House Facebook page a photo was posted under the title "The Otway Futuro" - the photograph can be seen at left.

My immediate reaction was "cool, the other Scoresby Futuro" and off I went to Google Earth as I normally do with a possible "re-discovered" Futuro to see if I could pin down the location. Searching for Otway however did not bring up any cities, towns or villages which seemed odd. It seems that there is a region in Victoria known as the Otways and that Lorne is in fact located within that region.

That prompted me to go back to the photo and take a closer look. I cannot be sure and of course I could very well be mistaken; it would not be the first time and for sure it would not be the last, but I now believe that the "Otway" Futuro is also the "Lorne Futuro" for the following reasons:
  • Geography - no specific administration called Otway, Lorne being in "The Otways"
  • Both units are a similar color
  • Both units feature the large modification to the entry way as was seen in the two Scoresby Futuros
  • In each case the supporting structure for the modified entry way appears similar
  • Though taken from different angles, and likely different times of the year, the position of the trees in relation to the Futuro appears to be similar
However there are also some significant differences; there seem to be more trees in the "Otway" photo and the condition of the paintwork appears to be far better in the "Lorne" photo [the joints between the sections are not so prominent either]. In addition the similarities could be expected since even if they were different units given the entryway configuration it seems almost certain that they would be the two Scoresby Futuros and therefore similar anyway. On balance I still tend to think they are one and the same and for now I will leave it that way.

That said I would be interested in other opinions and I would be particularly interested if someone could provide a definitive answer one way or the other; if you can let me know - you can use the Contact Page, email me or post in the Forum [and yes that is a shameless attempt to drum up business for my "ghost town" of a forum - I even started a thread].



Update 020814

I have heard that this Futuro is no longer on the market. Mara has found suitable storage for the unit and plans on restoring it herself over the next several years. I wish Mara great success with the restoration.



Original Information 122113

There were a pair of Futuro's located at 1280 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby VIC 3179, Australia until 2004. In the video shown at right, "Mara's Caribbean UFO Abduction", posted to Youtube by Russell White we see footage of the disassembly of one of the units following its sale in 2004.

In a note accompanying the video posting Russell indicates that the Futuro was being disassembled:

"ahead of its move to the Victorian, Aireys Inlet hinterland for use as a flop house for surfies and their fellow travelers."

I have spent quite some time looking in Google Earth for the Futuro in that area but I have always come up blank. However it appears that the unit did indeed end up in that area and furthermore is still "alive and kicking".

I check on the Facebook Page "The Futuro House" from time to time but I failed to notice an entry in the "recent posts by others" section on the right towards the top by Mara Szoeke on 112513. The ever watchful Achim Breiling did notice and he sent me an email pointing out the entry - thanks Achim.

Mara's post included the photo shown top left along with the following commentary:

"Hello Futuro lovers.... I have a Futuro in Victoria Australia - not an original, but a copy - so none of the interior fittings. I am thinking of selling it. It is currently situated in Lorne on a private property. The purchaser would need to be able to disassemble and remove from the site between mid Jan & end of March 2014. If you are interested please email me innerbiscuit@gmail.com"

An additional entry adds that the aforementioned video "Mara's Caribbean UFO Abduction" shows "how we moved it".

Mara's comment that the Futuro is a copy is interesting. I have never doubted that the two units at Scoresby were Futuros and to be honest I still think it likely they were which makes this Futuro a "real" one and not a copy.

Perhaps the comment is based on the fact that the unit does not include any of the original Futuro fittings and furnishings. To me that in and of itself does not indicate that the unit is a copy; it is possible it was originally fully fitted out and that the interior got changed out along the way. It is also possible I would imagine that someone could have had a Futuro manufactured from the original molds but then chose to fit out the interior in their own way; that to me would still be an "original" Futuro.

Finally Mara indicates she is considering selling and provides a contact email for anyone who might be interested. As always I am of course interested but I do not have the resources to purchase, ship and restore a Futuro [now would be a great time for a Lottery jackpot].

I find myself wondering if Nick McQuoid might be reading this or has already come across Mara's post [Nick; you out there?]. Nick of course seems to be focused on "cornering the market" on Futuros with a current collection of three - two in Rangiora and one yet to be disassembled and shipped from Raglan [along with a Venturo just for good measure]. Nick's Futuros are of course in New Zealand but he has already had one shipped from Australia so perhaps another?

Coincidentally there is mention of another Futuro like building in the same area that was apparently destroyed in 1983. In a 081309 forum post Corio recounts that:

"On the seaward side of the Great Ocean Road, just past Big Hill on the way to Lorne, there was a similar building to those pictured, used as a holiday house. AIUI, it was purchased after serving as a "futuristic house" exhibit at a home show in Melbourne in around 1960.

Given its generally inaccessible location down a very steep private driveway, it could only be glimpsed through the bush as you drove past (although drivers can't afford to let their eyes wander on that road). It was visible from Lorne, as a distant, powerful glint in the sun when looking back towards Aireys Inlet.

Sadly, the Ash Wednesday bushfire in 1983 reduced it to a lump of molten metal.
"

Corio indicates the building was "similar" to those pictured ["those" being Futuros] but with it being purchased around 1960 it predates Futuro. It would be interesting to see what might have been in the area that was similar to a Futuro some eight or so years ahead of Futuro so if anyone knows anything about this I would be interested to hear from you.

Latest Confirmed Date

For Sale listing on Gumtree.com.au 021816

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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