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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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Lihula, Lääne County, Estonia [Approximate] | 58°43'24.31"N 23°41'40.63"E
Featured Image By Indrek 'BC' | CC 2.0 | Article Date 101705
 
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Update 010717

This multi-view postcard of a Shell Gas Station/Rest Stop on Lake Lahnajärvi shows this Futuro in one of the photos [top left]; but only just - you have to look closely.

The postcard itself is undated but it is postmarked 092481.

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Front

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Panel

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Detail

Lahnajärvi Multi-View Postcard - Back



Update 060416

The two photos below were recently added to Flickr by Yves Buysse. The photo on the left is detail from a vintage postcard that shows this Futuro during its time on Lake Lahnajärvi. What is most interesting is that the photo shows that there was a deck/platform around the Futuro. Other photos I have seen of this Futuro do not include this feature.

The photo on the right is from the book "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday", I had looked at this photo many times but never before noticed that it also shows the Futuro at a time when the deck/platform was installed.

As always my thanks to Yves for sharing his excellent Futuro research. Yves original photos can be found here and here.

Lahnajarvi Futuro With Deck - Detail From Postcard - Yves Buysse  Lahnajarvi Futuro With Deck - Detail From Home & Taanila Book - Yves Buysse



Update 040316

I am always impressed with the frequency with which Yves Buysse manages to find new and interesting Futuro related photos and information. This time around is the photo below; the original can be found on Flickr.

The photo shows the interior of, presumably, the self-service section of the cafe at the Shell Gas Station on Lake Lahnajärvi where this Futuro was located and served as a part of the cafe. The interesting aspect of the photo is the Futuro "window treatments".

As always Yves thanks for sharing your Futuro "finds".

Lahnajarvi Cafe Self Service Section - Window Treatments - Yves Buysse



Update 101815

Based on Google Translate I thought that one of two photos from the Facebook page Rantaravintola Lahnajärvi Oy added in the last update was some kind of a job advertisement. Marko Home emailed me this past week with a translation that confirms this is the case; thanks Marko. The ad reads translates as follows:

"Person with good sale skills will be hired as a cashier or a salesperson. Replies tel. 924 88 856 Eloranta"



Update 101315

Yves Buysse often digs up new and interesting little Futuro "tidbits" and recently he posted the two images below to Flickr. The images originated on the Facebook page Rantaravintola Lahnajärvi Oy [here and here] and relate to this Futuro during its time at Lake Lahnajärvi.

The photo on the left is clearly a "family photo" but the one on the right I am not too sure of as Google Translate is once again struggling with Finnish but I think it may have been an ad looking for wait staff and/or a cashier. That said I may be completely on the wrong track; if so and you are able to "correct" me please let me know. I can be contacted using the site Contact Form or directly by email.

Photos From Rantaravintola Lahnajärvi Oy On Facebook - 1  Photos From Rantaravintola Lahnajärvi Oy On Facebook - 2



Update 070415

Futuro 002 - Lake Lahnajarvi - From Museum Of Finnish Architecture Poster - Photo By C. G. HagstromThis photo by C.G.Hagstrom is one of several on this poster for the small Futuro Exhibition that took place at the Museum Of Finnish Architecture in the autumn of 1998 that I added to my collection of "Things Futuro" this past week. The photo as reproduced on the poster is very small and rather unclear.

Though not identified on the poster the photo is almost certainly of Futuro #002 during its time on Lake Lahnajärvi [the height of the supporting structure is unique, the color of the Futuro is the same and the trees in the background match with those in this photo]. It seems likely that the photo was an early one as the steps are not enclosed in the same way as they are seen to be in other photos.



Update 032815

The video below was shot when this Futuro was transported to Matsalu in the autumn of 2005. The video credits indicate the year as 2006 but it seems likely that was the date the video was edited. Marko Home sent me the link to the video [thanks Marko] and also told me that he had been informed that the actual transport did take place in 2005.

The Futuro was transported fully assembled on a flatbed. Interestingly the door was open during the transport; I would have figured it would have been closed. Some of the imagery in the video is rather cool including footage of the Futuro with lights ablaze on the road at night, the Futuro being slowly driven through a field at the end of its journey [notice how it "rocks"] and the apparent interest of a herd of cows as it arrived at its destination.





Update 120914

Futuro 002 - Lake Lahnajarvi - WeeGee Facebook Page - Photo By Veli Pekka LaineFrom 1969 to 1982 Futuro #002 served as a cafe at a Shell Gas Station on Lake Lahnajärvi [around half way between Helsinki and Turku]. The Futuro was mounted far higher than normal and until now the only photograph I has seen of this was the one at left by Veli Pekka Laine which can be found on the WeeGee Facebook Page here.

Recently I received an email from Ting-Na Wang which directed me to Instagram and Brett Colquhoun who had posted the new photograph [at least to me] below. My thanks to Ting-Na for putting me onto the photo and to Brett for sharing it.

Lahnajarvi - Brett Colquhoun



Update 051014

Achim Breiling recently sent me this photo; at the time we were unsure of the location [the thought was perhaps this Futuro in Lieto, Finland prior to being moved to Estonia] and so I added it to the "Unknown Locations" section of the "Where Are They Now?" page.

It turned out it was indeed this Futuro but that the photo was shot during the time the Futuro was in Pärnu, Estonia prior to being moved to its current location in Matsalu. Footage from the Jimi Tenor music video "The Year of the Apocalypse" [see below] shot using the Futuro while located in Pärnu confirms this; the house visible in the right window of the Futuro shot can be seen in the video at 1:47 and 2:43 [my thanks to Yves for this information].

Parnu, Estonia - Interior



Update 092613

I recently managed to locate an original press copy of the photograph below; you can find more information on this photograph here.

Press Photo, Baltimore Sun 100868 - London - Front Scan



Original Images 072212

Futuro 002 - Thames, London, England, 1968
Futuro 002 on the Thames in London, England in 1968 where it was displayed as part of the Finnfocus-Export Fair the first "mass audience" appearance.

Image courtesy of Marc Berting of 70's Futuro House; one of the longest running Futuro House websites.

The image below is from the website Discover Estonia; the site appears to have gone "the way of the dinosaur" but thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine the page can still be accessed here.

Matsalu, Estonia

Jimi Tenor's "The Year Of The Apocalypse" features Futuro 002



This Futuro has relocated several times. If you have any images of this unit either recent or showing it at one of it's previous locations please let me know.
 
Update 051714

Not an update on the Futuro as it is now but for the record Yves Buysse recently sent me the coordinates [58°35'49.07"N 24°30'40.34"E] of this unit's previous location. The screenshot from Google Earth below shows the location; the house visible in the interior photo to the left and in the Jimmy Tenor video can clearly be seen in the screenshot. The location was actually not Pärnu but Halinga which is in Pärnu county.

Prior Location - Halinga - Google Earth Screenshot



Original Information 072212

Futuro 002 has seen several relocations since it's first appearance in London, England. Though not the first unit manufactured the appearance of 002 at the 1968 Finnfocus-Export Fair was probably the first time a Futuro was seen in any sort of "mass audience" setting.

The British newspaper the Daily Mail commented at the time that:

"This object, looking like everyone else's idea of a flying saucer from outer Space, is the Finnish idea of the perfect weekend cottage." [Quoted From: Article in The Guardian newspaper by Justin McGuirk dated 051012]

In the years between 1968 and the 70's oil crisis that effectively "killed" any chance of the Futuro really "taking off" [pun intended] there were many who helped shape the public perception of the Futuro in a positive way. Playboy Magazine suggested the Futuro was the perfect bachelor pad in a photo series entitled "Portable Playhouse" and in 1971 at the Lüdenscheide Plastic House Fair Professor Rudolph Doemach declared:

"After the preliminary tests it will probably be possible to use plastic even for apartment buildings. But plastic houses were primarily designed for holiday use, and hundreds of millions will have more and more leisure time in the 1980s." [Quoted From: Scenario Magazine in an article from 2010]

Following it's time in London 002 spent time in Lahnajärvi, Finland serving as a bar located near a Shell Gas Station followed by time serving as a cafe first in Lieto Zoolandia, Finland and then in Parnu, Estonia.

Futuro 002 remained in Estonia but not in Parnu and once again thanks to detective work by Achim Breiling another Futuro has been discovered once more. Google Earth dates the latest satellite imagery to 062810 but contacts have indicated that they have been in touch with the current owner and 002 can therefore be confirmed as still on site at this time.

Futuro 002 has, like other Futuro's been used in the making of a music video; in this case Jimi Tenor's "The Year Of The Apocalypse" - check it out to the left.

Latest Confirmed Date

Google Maps satellite imagery dated 041116

Sources & Reference

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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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