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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 092317 | ADDED 091911 | WARRINGTON, NEW ZEALAND | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
13 Park Rd, Warrington, Otago, 9471, New Zealand | 45°42'39.40"S 170°35'22.64"E | Panoramic Image By Futuro Homes Of New Zealand

Futuro, Warrington, New Zealand - Panoramic Shot By Owner From Futuro Homes Of New Zealand Facebook Page
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Update 011015

The photographs below [and the panoramic and featured images above] are courtesy of the current owner Juanita Clearwater from her recently created Facebook Page Futuro Homes Of New Zealand. My thanks to Juanita for allowing me to share them here.

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Original Images 091911

Image By Wikipedia | CC 3.0 | Image Date 033109

Futuro, Warrington, New Zealand

An additional image can be found on the Otago Daily Times website.

 
Update 092317

This Futuro/land package sold extremely quickly; only two weeks from listing [090417] to sale [091817]. It appears that the Futuro will remain in Warrington. The website stuff.co.nz reported that:

"... the spaceship was ... sold to an anonymous Futuro fan who plans to keep it in its famous Warrington home."

The stuff.co.nz article goes on to quote owner Juanita Clearwater who indicated that:

"... her family trust which owned the Futuro had accepted an offer from an anonymous Kiwi doctor. He bought it sight unseen with an unconditional cash offer ... We had higher offers but we took the one that was the least complicated and most passionate about the home, which was a defining factor for me ... So, we did have higher offers but we thought, no, this gentleman is going to appreciate it the most and will look after it."



Update 090417

As of 090317 owner Juanita has listed her Futuro for sale; details can be found on trademe.co.nz here. The sale includes not only the Futuro but also the 1032 square meter plot overlooking Blue Skin Bay.



Update 011015

The degree to which individual Futuro Houses have been photographed varies enormously and I have not previously come across many photographs of the Warrington Futuro. That changed recently when current owner Juanita Clearwater started the Facebook Page Futuro Homes Of New Zealand and posted a series of great shots of this Futuro [both exterior and interior]. Juanita kindly allowed me to share these photographs here; thanks Juanita.

I have to say that the Futuro seems to be exceptionally well maintained and looks to be in superb condition. It has also clearly had a significant amount of "TLC"; compare Juanita's new exterior photos with this photo from Wikipedia and note the vastly improved exterior appearance. I am not aware of any earlier interior photographs to compare the interior to but Juanita's photos show that the interior condition is also excellent.

I have to say that I am a little envious; it is one thing to own a Futuro in such great condition but when you add to that the awesome location overlooking Blueskin Bay you have something pretty special.



Update 080112

Just the other day I found a short snippet on the Warrington Futuro in an article titled - I'm starting to think that "open plan" is a euphemism for "wingnut" - on the website LovelyListing.com. What was interesting is that it appears that this Futuro [like Drew Poggeman's "Pod Up North"] is, or at least was, available for rent back in 2009 [the article is date 091609]. The image of the ad below was submitted by Joe R. and displayed courtesy of LovelyListing.com

Futuro, Warrington, New Zealand - For Rent



Original Information 091911

According to an Otago Daily Times article of 040409 Grant Major, owner of this Futuro located in Warrington, Otago, New Zealand, is planning to move it to a new beach front location in Auckland. Major is something of a collector of mid/late 20th century items and memorabilia and the Futuro goes along with, among other things, his 1964 Ford Thunderbird; do I sense myself turning a little green? Of the Futuro Major is quoted as saying:

"I originally saw the Futuro design in one of my father's Playboy magazines in the 1960s and I've been after one ever since."

As of 111210 the Futuro has not been moved as it still appears on Google Earth imagery with that date.

Latest Confirmed Date

www.stuff.co.nz article dated 092017

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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