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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Paringa River, New Zealand [Approximate] | 43°38'25.10"S 169°26'13.35"E
Featured Image Bing Maps Screen Capture | Imagery Date Unknown
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 010413
Futuro, Paringa River, New Zealand - Bing Maps Capture 101213  
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I have not found any photographs of this Futuro; the best I have so far is the screen capture above from Bing Maps [you can view in Bing Maps here].  
In an email I received yesterday from Nick McQuoid I learned there was a Futuro, accessible only by boat, located somewhere around the mouth of the Paringa River in the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. After a little time in Google Maps, Google Earth and Bing Maps I was able to pinpoint the Futuros location at 43°38'25.10"S 169°26'13.35"E.

The Google imagery is very low resolution, that in Bing Maps is a little better, but neither on its own is conclusive though the appearance, particularly in Bing Maps, and the size do strongly suggest the object visible is indeed a Futuro House. However the combination of the maps imagery and the source of the information, Nick of course is himself the owner of two Futuros and generally speaking those who own Futuro's tend to know the most about them, make me confident this is a "new" Futuro House.

The screen capture from Bing maps below shows the object aligned against the scale and it is clearly the right size for a Futuro House.

Futuro, Paringa River, New Zealand - Bing Maps Capture 101213

The available imagery also supports the idea that this Futuro House is accessible only by boat; there are no visible roads or tracks leading to the location and it does appear that the only way to reach it would be by boat or after a long trek through the woods.

If you have any information on this Futuro House [or any photographs] I would love to hear from you.

Latest Confirmed Date

Personal email correspondence dated 082516.

Sources & Reference
  • Jason Ray
  • Nick McQuoid

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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