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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 070817 | ADDED 062212 | MARSEILLE,FRANCE | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT

         Previously located at Carrer de la Vall Verda 07184 Calvià, Spain [Approximate] | 39°33'44.88"N 2°27'10.39"E - moved sometime between 101114 & 082515
Impasse de l'Escalette, 13008 Marseille, France | 43°13'32.5"N 5°21'1.5"E
Featured Image by galerie_54 [Eric Touchaleaume] | Image Date 062217
 
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 102915 [Futuro Not Visible]
Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 062217 - 1  
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Notes, History & Resources
Update 070817

marie_dagnicourt posted this photo to her Twitter feed 070117. I rather like the shot because it is a much wider shot that we usually see and it nicely places the Futuro in the context of the landscape around it.

Futuro - Marseilles - Instagram Post 070117 By marie_dagnicourt



Update 062417

The Utopie Plastic exhibition which includes this Futuro along with examples of Jean Maneval's Bulle Six Coques and Georges Candilis' Hexacube held its opening ceremony yesterday [062317] and will run 070117 through 093017.

The sequence of photos below are from the Twitter feed of galerie_54 [Eric Touchaleaume] and show the Futuro at various stages of its preparation for the exhibition. From top to bottom the photos were posted 061417, 061717 [two photos], 061817 and 062217 [two photos].

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 061417

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 061717 - 1

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 061717 - 1

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 061817 - 2

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 062217 - 1

Futuro - Galerie 54 - Instagram Post 062217 - 2

Others have also been photographing this Futuro. In particular I enjoyed the photos below. The first three were posted to Facebook by Benoit Ramognino. The originals can be found here, here and here. The last photo appeared on Instagram and is by marcolivierdeblanc; a rather cool photo with the reflections of some of the other structures in the exhibition visible in the window.

Futuro Marseille - Benoit Ramognino - 1

Futuro Marseille - Benoit Ramognino - 2

Futuro Marseille - Benoit Ramognino - 3

Futuro Marseille - marcolivierdeblanc



Update 091016

Came across a few photos in the last couple of weeks or so that clearly show the disassembled Futuro on site at la Friche de l'Escalette.

The first can be found on the website love-spots.com and the second and third were posted to Facebook by Clément Cividino [in the third the Futuro can be seen just above center to the right].

Futuro - Disassembled - Friche de l'Escalette - LoveSpots

Futuro - Disassembled - Friche de l'Escalette - Clement Cividino

Futuro - Disassembled - Friche de l'Escalette - Clement Cividino



Update 090812

This cool series of photos from futuroincanada shows the Futuro being disassembled prior to being placed in storage.

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

Futuro, Mallorca, Spain - Disassembly 1

 
Update 062417

Futuro House - Galerie 54/Touchelaume - Preview InviteUtopie Plastic, which features this Futuro along with examples of Jean Maneval's Bulle Six Coques and Georges Candilis' Hexacube held its opening ceremony yesterday [062317].

It would have been a great year to make a trip to Europe, there would have been the Futuro now on display in Munich to visit, the London Futuro will soon be bound for pastures new so I will miss that and I received an invite yesterday's opening of Utopie Plastic but [painfully] had to decline; Europe was just not on the cards this year.

Utopie Plastic will run 070117 through 093017. Visiting the exhibition is free but only by appointment; there are 4 guided visits per day for groups of up to 15. You can reserve your visit here; tours are at 8:30, 10:00, 4:00 and 5:30.



Update 010717

la Friche de l'Escalette's website has been updated and it now indicates that the Futuro, along with other structures, will be on display as part of an exhibition titled "L'Utopie De L'Habitat Plastique" or, according to Google Translate "The Utopia Of Plastic Habitat" which is subtitled "Years 1960-1970" and scheduled to run July through September 2017. This photo of the 1971 IKA Exhibition is being used to "represent" this exhibition on the website.





It looks like this Futuro is destined for display at la Friche de l'Escalette on the French coast south of Marseille [43°13'32.5"N 5°21'1.5"E]. The project is described on it's website as follows:

"The Friche de l'Escalette recycles the ruins of an old lead factory that worked from 1851 to 1925. An industrial heritage landmark, its superb natural site on the rugged coast south of Marseille is now part of the Parc National des Calanques.

A modern and contemporary sculpture and lightweight architecture display for visits by small groups led by a guide is being laid out there. The itinerary salutes the vernacular "cabanon" - the holiday-weekender, and will cover the period running from Jean Prouvé to the plastic utopias of the 60s and 70s.

Summer 2016 will see the launch, highlighting Prouvé's original prototype for the "Habitat Tropical" for Cameroun, which dates from 1958 and is currently being refurbished on-site.

... It will evolve slowly with each summer, inviting a discerning public to follow its organic growth year by year.
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The project's website currently does not mention the Futuro but this article from the website destimed.fr suggests that the Futuro will be added to the site in 2017; presumably after being restored.



Update 051416

I have not come across any further information about this Futuro since October 2014 but I decided to check Google Earth for updated satellite imagery the other day and as of 082515 that imagery shows the Futuro is no longer on site so I am changing this location to Marseille, France as that is the best and most recent information I have.



Update 101114

It seems the Mallorca Futuro will soon be on the move; to Marseille, France. Owner [or actually previous owner now] Maria emailed me this week and let me know that the sale of the Futuro had been completed. The sale price was the original €50,000 asking price; congratulations Maria. Maria wrote that the Futuro had been sold to:

"Eric Touchaleaume, he is some kind of art collector/restorer ... The Futuro will be transported to Marseille, France this month. Then Eric, apparently on behalf of an arts foundation, will be restoring it and then it will be exhibited."

According to this Guardian article Eric Touchaleaume "has been called the Indiana Jones of furniture collecting" but a little digging on the web reveals that as a collector and restorer his field of interest extends far beyond just furniture.

So it looks like another Futuro is going to end up restored and, hopefully, available for the public to visit. Personally I feel like the more Futuros this happens to the better. Every Futuro that is in a museum or exhibition setting is one less Futuro that can be out in the world deteriorating.



Update 051814

This Futuro will be auctioned on Friday May 30th; there is a reserve price of €50,000 and sealed bids are currently being accepted.

Owner Maria indicates that:

"It is current dismantled. There are 16 segments, the metal base ring is in three sections, there are 14 Perspex (not original) windows (4 are missing). The upper shell is in a good state but requires sanding back, the lower section is in reasonable condition, requiring some attention to the fiberglass, but structurally good. The hatch/stairs is not such a good state of repair. There is no interior."

Maria can be contacted by telephone but I do not want to put a telephone number up here on the web; if you have a serious interest let me know and I will put you in contact with Maria. You can use the Contact Form or email me directly.



Update 020114

A little while ago Maria, the owner of this Futuro, contacted me and told me about it's history.

Maria and her family purchased their property in Mallorca in 2008. One of the reasons they chose the property they did was because the purchase included the Futuro. At the time they did not know anything about it [or even that it was a Futuro House]. The little history they did have was that over the previous 15 to 20 years the unit had spent time situated on a roundabout in SW Mallorca and had also been used as a bar at one time. Maria has been unable to uncover any further details on the history of the unit or how it came to be in Mallorca.

The dream was to restore the Futuro for use as a holiday residence. That dream was however thwarted by the local authorities who determined that after 10 years on the land with no incident the Futuro was a "fire risk" because it was located in a pine forest and, under threat of large fines and forced demolition, there was no option but to dismantle and store the unit.

Since Maria and her family cannot restore and locate the Futuro on their land due to the authorities they reluctantly decided to offer the unit for sale; the asking price is €50,000.

In an 013014 posting on the Facebook page The Futuro House Maria adds this further update:

"In its current condition we are looking for €50,000. However, there is a strong possibility that it will be restored and then exhibited here in Palma de Mallorca this coming summer. It will then be available for purchase following this, the price would then reflect the cost of restoring it, we should know if this is happening for sure in the next couple of weeks."

For anyone interested in purchasing the Futuro Maria can be contacted by email.



Update 010714

It seems that this unit is now up for sale. In an 010714 Facebook Post Maria Grimes writes:

"Reluctant sale! But unique opportunity to purchase Futuro. Location - Mallorca, Spain (shipping can be organised)"



Update 090812

It seems that the local authorities were not happy with the Futuro being located where it was and as a result the Futuro has been dismantled and placed in storage. It is possible it may be for sale though there is no actual confirmation of that. My thanks to Achim Breiling for this information.

The very cool series of photos to the left were posted by futuroincanada to the Yahoo Group futurohouse and show the dismantling of the Futuro. The photos were posted 042912 so the Futuro was disassembled some time prior to that date.



Original Information 062212

I received an email from James Lumb who told me about this Futuro; completely new to me so many thanks James.

James says in his email "We rented a villa a few years ago, the couple who rent the villa out live in the futuro house while they have holiday clients in the main villa!! Quirky but Cool." James also sent me a photo which is displayed here with his permission.

A search online did not bring me any additional information so if you have any please let me know.

Latest Confirmed Date

These photos from the galerie_54 Twitter feed dated 062217.

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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