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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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BITS & PIECES - FUTURO STUFF THAT DOES NOT FIT ELSEWHERE | UPDATED 030417

In the course of my ongoing research into the Futuro House I have come across various things that do not quite fit into any of the pages or sections of this site and these are collected here.



The Anecdotes | The Arts | The Children's Books | The Comic Strips
The "Deepdream Project" | The Drawings *** | The Fashion Photographers
The Fashion Statement | The Gingerbread House | The Graffiti Artist
The Game Pieces | The Look Alikes | The Models | The Movie Trailer | The Mural
The Paintings | The Patent | The Photoshops *** | The Pillows | The Pumpkin | The Quilt
The Renderings | The Stamp | The Siblings | The Television Set | The WTF

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FUTURO | THE ANECDOTES

Dr. Barney Vincelette, owner of the Houston Futuro, who has lived in his Futuro for some 37 years [at the time of writing - since 1977] recently sent me the following snippet:

"Shortly after I moved into mine a salesman telephoned me to offer me the best price on new roofing and aluminum siding. He stubbornly insisted that he could do this to any house."

I have to say I might have been inclined to have him try - I think that would have been something to see!

If anyone has any interesting or funny anecdotes or one-liners relating to the Futuro House that could be added here [particularly you owners out there] I would love to hear them.

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FUTURO | THE ARTS

Kitchens & Invaders | The Waldorf Project: Chapter 3/Futuro

Kitchens & Invaders

Curated by Germano Celant and running from 090415 through 022116 at the Triennale di Milano in Milan, Italy the exhibition "Kitchens & Invaders":

"takes its inspiration from the title of the science-fiction novel The Body Snatchers, written by Jack Finney in 1955, and from the film based on the book and directed by Don Siegel."

I have to confess that I not a very "arty" person and when it comes to imagery and art I have always found I do not really understand the idea of having to "interpret" something - modern art or impressionism come to mind - for me an image, be it photo, painting or drawing, ought to actually look like the thing it is supposed to represent; that presumably means I lack imagination but like all of us "I am what I am".

The fact that this exhibition is included here is clearly based on this idea of interpretation but, since this site is about all things Futuro, I felt it had a place here. Dedece Blog tells us that:

"The exhibition opens with an interpretation of the Futuro House, a visionary prefabricated dwelling unit designed by Matti Suuronen in 1968."

This remark is immediately followed by the first of the two photos below. There is no caption so I am not certain but the implication is that this photo illustrates this "interpretation" of a Futuro. I do not see it; perhaps you do. The second photo is the graphic that heads the article on Dedece Blog; not actually sure who created it but it is not credited to anyone else so I am assuming the authors of the article - it is a rather cool Futuro related graphic.

Kitchens & Invaders At The Salon Milan 2915 - 1

Kitchens & Invaders At The Salon Milan 2915 - 2

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The Waldorf Project: Chapter 3/Futuro

Like Kitchens & Invaders above The Waldorf Project: Chapter 3/Futuro and its inspiration by Futuro somewhat escapes me. On its website The Waldorf Project describes itself as:

"... an immersive experience on a grand stage in which art is consumed through all of the senses. The project will run over a number of installments. Chapter Three will take place in early 2016. The experience will unite the senses through food, scent, drink, movement, sound, and environment."

and then goes on to tell us that:

"Chapter Three/FUTURO is inspired by the round, prefabricated flying saucer-shaped house "Futuro" designed by Matti Suuronen in the late 1960s. This house and many other ideas from that time dreamed a vision of a utopian society that is lost to us now - replaced by a gloomier, dystopian image of the future. Waldorf Project will bring back these incredible ideas, creating a distilled interpretation of these concepts in a minimal yet radical performance .. all disciplines will be engaged and synchronized: from the visionary set and product design through gastronomy to light and sound. Everything will be thought through and interwoven to give the guests a complete emotional journey to the future."

The project website uses images of the Futuro as backdrops to its pages including Royse City, Dombai and Turenki but beyond that I have not been able to figure out how Futuro actually figures into the project. The website Brummell informs us that:

"The project creates large-scale installations that aim to stimulate all five senses - through performance art, music and a dining experience - while exploring a theme ... as nine leading names in gastronomy, visual art, design, theatre, electronic music, choreography and mixology come together for one event."

Perhaps some of you can figure out how Futuro fits in; unfortunately I cannot but, since Futuro is mentioned, The Waldorf Project earns its place on these pages.

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FUTURO | THE CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Unknown Children's Craft Book | "Sweet Homes" by Jo Vargas

Unknown Children's Craft Book

Update 080616

Though the numbers are small there are a few other folks out there who collect Futuro items and Len recently managed to source a copy of this book which allowed me to identify it and start my own search [thanks Len - hope you don't mind me "piggy backing"].

The book is Pikkuväen Askartelukirja by Kojola Raija published in 1972 Otava. If anyone happens to come across a copy of this book for sale please let me know; I can be contacted directly by email or by using my Contact Form.



Original Information

On pages 92 and 93 of an old [Finnish?] children's craft book we find the Futuro House in the role of subject for a children's craft project.

The image of the book below is by edda-ruska and was taken 081606.

If anyone happens to know the name of this book or even where I might possibly obtain a copy please let me know.

Futuro - Vintage Childrens Craft Book

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"Sweet Homes" by Jo Vargas Interactive Design & Publishing

Jo Vargas Interactive Design & Publishing publishes a cool Children's Coloring Book called Sweet Homes. The book contains some 40 architectural images for kid's to color and among them is the Futuro House as seen bottom left in the sample shot from Jo Vargas' website..

Futuro - Jo Vargas Coloring Book

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FUTURO | THE COMIC STRIPS

"Zippy The Pinhead" is an iconic American comic strip character created by prolific American cartoonist Bill Griffith.

Among the vast number of "Zippy" comic strips Griffith has created over the years there are three that feature the Futuro. Signed prints are available for purchase on the "Zippy" website.

The three Futuro strips feature [from top to bottom] the Frisco Futuro [published 080202], an unidentified Futuro [published 022209] and the Milton Futuro [published date unknown].

Futuro - Zippy - Frisco, NC

Futuro - Zippy - Frisco Again?

Futuro - Zippy - Milton, DE

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FUTURO | THE "DEEPDREAM PROJECT"

Alexander Synaptic who has contributed to this website several times recently sent me a link to an article titled "Taiwan dreamscapes: experiments from the leading edge of generative art" on his website synapticism.com which features images he has generated while experimenting with Google's "deepdream project".

For an explanation of what the "deepdream project" actually is check out Alexander's article and while you are there take a look at the interesting and rather unusual images generated.

One of the images resulting from Alexanders work can be seen below [the original can be found on his website here] and is the end result of processing one of his photos of Wanli. The resulting image is certainly surreal and though it is entirely different for some reason it kind of reminds me of Salvador Dali's work. My thanks to Alexander for again sharing his work.

Futuros - Wanli - Alexander Synaptic - Taiwan Dreamscapes: Wanli UFO village

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FUTURO | THE DRAWINGS

ChrisBoganCreative - Space Saucer Beach House | Danny Heller - House Of The Future
Édouard Marpeau - Futuro House | ellenfive - Futuro House
emanuelletomato - Futuro Hen House & Dralloween | Jane Smith - Futuro House ***
Kelwin Wong - Poster Challenge | Klara Ostaniewicz - MUDAM [Corfu]
Michele Svengsouk - Futuro House | Nanainen - Ihan ufo stoori | Rebecca Eilering - Chicken
Stephen Ulman - Pensacola Beach | Suzi Pirate - Futuro House & Childhood Drawings

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ChrisBoganCreative - Space Saucer Beach House

I rather like this minimalist style drawing by ChrisBoganCreative. It is available for purchase in several sizes on Etsy starting at $35.

Space Saucer Beach House - ChrisBoganCreative

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Danny Heller - House Of The Future

I came across this rather excellent drawing of Idyllwild on Instagram the other day. The drawing is by Danny Heller and is, I think, the precursor to an oil on canvas work [at least based on the description attached to the Instagram photo which includes "coming soon" and the fact that oil on canvas appears to be Danny's main medium].

Danny Heller - House Of The Future

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Édouard Marpeau - Futuro House

French graphic designer Édouard Marpeau has this Futuro drawing/poster up on Tumblr.

Futuro House - Edouard Marpeau

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ellenfive - Futuro House

I recently came across this drawing by ellenfive on Instagram. The drawing was inspired by a visit to "Futuro 22" in London. Not sure who the "furry friends" are.

Futuro House - ellenfive

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emanuelletomato - Futuro Hen House & Dralloween

This whimsical piece is by emanuelletomato; the original can be found on Tumblr. Art is very subjective and the old and overused cliche "art is in the eye of the beholder" is, in my opinion, very accurate [and there goes me contributing to it's over use]; no idea what anyone else will think of this piece but I rather like it.

emanuelletomato - Futuro Hen House

This second, equally whimsical drawing titled Dralloween, by emanuelletomato posted on the web in October 2015 also features the Futuro House.

emanuelletomato - dralloween

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Jane Smith - Futuro House

This great drawing of "Futuro 22" appears on artist Jane Smith's Facebook page.

Futuro 22 Drawing - Jane Smith

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Kelwin Wong - Poster Challenge Day 286

This drawing was posted to Instagram by Kelwin Wong. I rather like the somewhat minimalistic representation of Futuro.

emanuelletomato - dralloween

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Klara Ostaniewicz - Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction In 2007 At MUDAM

According to Creativity Fuse, a website created by Wendy Siegelman

"to indulge [her] love of art and to feature artists creating unusual and beautiful artwork."

Polish architect and professional artist Klara Ostaniewicz

"is interested in architecture from the past twenty years and the way the design highlights interior and exterior spaces. She uses pencil to celebrate architectural structures through beautifully crafted drawings."

Creativity Fuse hosts a number of Klara's works here and many more can be found on Klara's blog. The drawing below is a representation of the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg and the Futuro [now located in Limni, Corfu] that was displayed during the Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction exhibition in 2007. I have to say I love this drawing; so much so that I had to contact Klara to obtain a print of the drawing to add to my collection of "Things Futuro".

Futuro / MUDAM - Klara Ostaniewicz

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Michele Svengsouk - Futuro House

I came across this rather nice Futuro drawing on Instagram the other day. The drawing is by Michele Svengsouk and shows the Saint-Ouen Futuro. It was posted to Instagram 042016.

Michele Svengsouk - Futuro House

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Nanainen - Ihan ufo stoori

I came across this drawing on Nanainen's blog. I have observed many times that while Google Translate does an effective job with some languages Finnish to English is not one of them and it is not easy for me to understand the story that accompanies the drawing.

As best I can tell it relates to the possibility [if indeed there is even a possibility] of time travel. Nanainen observes though that many things we take for granted now were once as unthinkable as time travel is now. Nanainen goes on to talk of the "crazy dream" of further development of the Futuro; perhaps into "time travel"; here I am not sure and it is where I run into translation issues. If anyone can correct me on the story I would love to hear from you.

Nanainen - Ihan ufo stoori

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Rebecca Eilering - Chicken

This amusing drawing popped up in an Instagram search the other day. By Rebecca Eilering and titled [by me not the artist] "Chicken" this is actually a digital drawing with the hardware rather colorfully being described in one of the comments as "an electronic Etch A Sketch".

Rebecca Eilering - Chicken

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Stephen Ulman - Pensacola Beach Futuro

Stephen Ulman recently graduated Washington State University with a master's in landscape architecture; my congratulations. The image below is of a 2009 drawing Stephen [along with Ryan Anderson according to the drawing's tag line] did of the Pensacola Beach Futuro.

On his blog Stephen says "I drew this from a photo and added my own improvements to the property." Looks pretty good to me; if I ever manage to buy my own Futuro you might just have a job Stephen!

Futuro - Stephen Ulman Drawing

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Suzi Pirate - Futuro House & Childhood Drawings

The drawing below was recently posted by Suzi Pirate to her blog Random Thoughts Of A Bored Artist. Suzi explains that:

"Each entry is a postcard sized watercolor sketch based on real events and memories from my life. I will post one daily for a year."

The drawing - Day 178 in Suzi's series - is inspired by Craig Barnes' "Futuro 22" currently located on the third floor terrace of the University of the Arts London's Central St Martins' building.

Suzi Pirate - Futuro House

A second entry in the year long series also features the Futuro. The entry for Day 299 is titled "Childhood Drawings"; the original can be found on Suzi's blog here.

Suzi Pirate - Childhood Drawings

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FUTURO | THE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS

Chen Chen *** | Nemo Niemann

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Chen Chen

I was probably born old; clothing for me is a functional necessity, nothing more, and much like I can never "get" modern art I do not "get" fashion.

These photos are from a fashion shoot titled "Tentacle Salon"; which incidentally, much like the fashion itself, I do not understand. That said they are unusual photos that feature a Futuro, in this case Craig Barnes' "Futuro 22", and so they get a place on this page. The photographer for the shoot was Chen Chen, the stylist was Qin Peng and the designer was Chen Peng.

Future fashion Shoot - London - Chen Chen - 1

Future fashion Shoot - London - Chen Chen - 2

Future fashion Shoot - London - Chen Chen - 3

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Nemo Niemann

Nemo Niemann is an accomplished and successful professional American photographer. The photo below, titled "Future Shock - The Saucer", won a nomination in the "6th Annual Black & White Spider Awards". The photo is of the Milton, DE Futuro; the final image is of course photoshopped but only for lighting and the removal of unwanted elements. I happen to love black and white photography and this superb shot by Nemo is no exception.

A full color version of this same shot can be found on Nemo's website here; there is a also second shot that features the Futuro here.

Future Shock - The Saucer By Nemo Niemann

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FUTURO | THE FASHION STATEMENT

There is one thing that is certain about opinions; there are as many opinions as there are people. Where one sees treasure another sees junk, where one sees something as interesting another sees the same thing as boring. I have never been much for advertising; I have a job where sales people contact me; I hate sales people, if you try to sell to me I will not buy your product even if I need it. Advertisers, in my opinion have some strange ideas about what might encourage people to buy their product.

For example; in Summer 2010 fashion house Diesel came up with what, to me at least, was a somewhat bizarre advertising concept; suggest that people "be stupid". To be honest I would have thought that counter productive - tell my target market to "be stupid" - does that not imply that I "am stupid"? If I was not already stupid how could I now "be stupid"?

Anyway I digress; what is interesting here is that one of the images used in the advertising program featured a Futuro House. It is unclear which Futuro is used, why there is smoke emanating from it or what the native American has to do with it but it does feature the Futuro and so it has a place here.

Check out the images below and see what you think; would that encourage you to buy Diesel? The second image is taken from Diesel's "Be Stupid" catalogue, a pdf file that can be downloaded here.

Futuro Diesel Ad 1

Futuro Diesel Ad 2

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FUTURO | THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE

With the 2016 holiday season just around the corner it seemed like an appropriate time to add this Gingerbread House that was posted to Instagram [actually last Christmas] by chrnerland.

The cake is very clearly reminiscent of Futuro and the Instagram post does include the hashtag futurohouse but it also pays homage to the sci-fi movie genre as it carries the iconic quote "Klaatu Barada Nikto!" [that will, I am sure, be immediately recognizable to those with an interest in that genre] from the classic 1951 movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Futuro Diesel Ad 1

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FUTURO | THE GAME PIECES

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 | Minecraft *** | Sim City 4 | Simtropolis

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2

Timothy Hawkeye Kane recently posted this photo to Facebook; a clearly Futuro House inspired creation seen in the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 [Nuketown Map].

Futuro - Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 - Timothy Hawkeye Kane

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Minecraft

I came across this video on YouTube recently which depicts a Futuro constructed for the game Minecraft. Not entirely sure I would have recognized this as a Futuro were it not identified as such but perhaps within the confines of what can be done in this particular game this is as accurate a representation as you can get. The Futuro is seen about 1:20 into the video.



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Sim City 4

On the website Simtropolis, a fan site for the game Sim City 4 we find the Futuro House used as the basis for a game mod.

ancientsociety has created a mod for the game Sim City 4 that adds the Futuro House as one of the buildings available to the player when constucting their virtual city.

Futuro - Simtropolis 1  Futuro - Simtropolis 2

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Simtropolis

Another option for gamers wanting to add the Futuro House to their gaming experience has been added to the website Simtropolis by jimbobbedyjobob.

Futuro - Simtropolis - jimbobbedyjobob - 1

Futuro - Simtropolis - jimbobbedyjobob - 2

Futuro - Simtropolis - jimbobbedyjobob - 3

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FUTURO | THE GRAFFITI ARTIST

A Google search on the term "graffiti definition" returns this:

"... writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place."

so strictly speaking this should probably not be described as graffiti since it was clearly not done illicitly. That said it does "fit" how I think of graffiti and so that is how I am describing this 2013 art work by EDGE on a wall at the Marché Dauphin that includes the Saint-Ouen Futuro among super heroes and cartoons in a composition titled "In Art We Trust".

Others may feel this is more "street art" or perhaps "urban art"; in the end it really does not matter, we all have our opinions and however we choose to categorize this it is still, in my opinion, a cool piece af art that features a Futuro.

Marche Dauphin - Graffiti By EDGE

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FUTURO | THE LOOK ALIKES

Aquashell | Chalet Rajah Saab | Coober Pedy | The Curling Stone | Faturo
Homer's Dream House *** | Joan Bennàssar Replica | PEI UFO | Sochi Gas Stations
Rizhao City | Russian Look Alike | UFO Bar | Villa Benedetti | Wyder AG Office Building
Xasteros House

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The Aquashel

The Futuro House inspired several very simlar projects over the years and one of them was the Tony Gilbert designed Aqaushel which could be described as a floating Futuro "look alike".

The February 1984 issue of Popular Science included a short article on the Aquashel. The image below accompanied the article and is reporduced from my copy of the magazine.

The Aquashel - Popular Science February 1984

The article does not indicate whether Gilbert was inspired by the Futuro but it seems, based on the evidence, that we can assume that "beyond a reasonable doubt" [to use a term nore normally associated with the legal system].

The article tells us that Aquashel, much like Futuro, was designed for ease of production and transport, on site assembly and that it was constructed from 20 [unlike Futuro's 16] segments. Once you take that information and then take a look at a photo, for me at least, the Futuro influence is evident.

There does not seem to be a whole lot of information out there on Aquashel though I have found a couple of references; an archived Wirral Globe article from 022106 and a forum discussion on Wirral History.

Aquashell cost between £40,000 and £60,000 so it was more costly than Futuro [though some 10 or so years later] and was designed to be located on water and not on land. The very cool photograph below by nancyo21 was taken in 1985.

The Aquashel - nancyo23

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Coober Pedy "Concrete UFO"

A recent email I received suggested there was a Futuro in Coober Pedy, Australia. A little research revealed the "concrete UFO" structure seen in this screen grab from Google Earth. A post on the website Vice.com tells us that the structure was built in the 1970's and served as a waiting room for an underground brothel below and adds that:

"This was back in the days when guys outnumbered girls 400 to one. It's more like 40 to one now so we figured they still might want to keep it open but if there are still working ladies in town, they're not working here."

Futuro Lookalike - Coober Pedy, Australia

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Chalet Rajah Saab

The interesting structure below is seen on a postcard that was listed for sale on E-Bay as of the time of writing [050116]. The item was listed with the following description:

"Futuro House? Chalet Rajah Saab Beiruit Lebanon. By Architect F. Dagher 1952"

While this is clearly in no way a Futuro House it does put me in mind of one; a more "angular" cousin if you like!

Futuro Lookalike - Chalet Rajah Saab Beiruit, Lebanon - Architect F. Dagher - 1952 - Ebay Listing 050116

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The Curling Stone

Recently I received an email from Donald McHugh in which he referenced a Futuro like structure previously located in Moncton, New Brunswick. VintageMoncton.com tells us that the structure was located in Moncton in the 70's and 80's and that it is believed it was constructed by Earl Davison, who also created the PEI UFO; the similarity is evident.

The "Curling Stone" started out as a pizza restaurant, served as the headquarters for the 1980 Air Canada Silver Broom Men's World Curling Championship held in Moncton and then as a video store and sub shop before being put up for sale and eventually disappearing. Its current whereabouts are unknown.

The photos below are courtesy of VintageMoncton.com with the second being credited to Doreen Johnson.

Futuro Lookalike - Moncton, New Brunswick - 1

Futuro Lookalike - Moncton, New Brunswick - 2

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The "Faturo"

The two photos below appeared in posts by Ten Tseng on the Futuro House Facebook Page. It seems Ten built the structure himself and calls it "The Faturo". Though clearly reminiscent of a Futuro this structure appears to be smaller and it has circular windows. The original Facebook posts can be found here and here.

Futuro Lookalike - Taipei City 1

Futuro Lookalike - Taipei City 2

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Homer's Dream House

I have never been much of a Simpson's fan but I know it has a huge following and, apparently, it's own "sim" style mobile game "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" within which users can create and maintain their own version of Springfield.

The image below, from the Tapped Out Wiki, depicts "Homer's Dream House" and, to me at least, it does have some resemblance to Futuro and so while "virtual" it still qualifies as a Futuro "Look Alike".

Futuro Lookalike - Virtual - Homer's Dream House - The Simpsons Tapped Out

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Joan Bennàssar Replica

Prominent Mallorca artist Joan Bennàssar is responsible for this interesting "replica" of a Futuro House. Created at the Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona in the grounds of an old textile factory the replica appears to be constructed of some sort of fabric. More information can be found here [Spanish | English version by Google Translate here].

Futuro Replica - Joan Bennàssar - Barcelona

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The PEI UFO

I purchased this postcard recently without having seen a photo of it; the description suggested a Futuro but in fact it was a multi-view postcard from Rainbow Valley Amusement Park, Cavendish, PEI that included a photograph of a structure that was similar to a Futuro but clearly not a Futuro.

Futuro Lookalike - PEI

The structure can be seen far more clearly in the photograph below, by Matthew Jelley, from futurohouse.com where Len provides an in depth look at the interesting history of the PEI UFO along with many photographs, postcards and other items - check it out here.

Futuro Lookalike - PEI

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Sochi Gas Stations

These two photos were included in an Album of Futuro photos posted on Facebook by Kirill Grekov. They are of course clearly not Futuros but they do get a place here as "look alikes".

The comment accompanying the photos, as translated by Facebook, reads:

"Futuristic filling stations in the city of Sochi and its suburbs were built in anticipation of the Olympic Games 80"

I am not sure what the "80" refers to. I initially thought it must refer to the year but quickly concluded that is obviously wrong as the Sochi Winter Olympics were held much more recently in 2014 and back in 1980 the Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid so I am assuming that these structures are relatively recent.

Futuro Lookalike - Sochi Gas Station - 1

Futuro Lookalike - Sochi Gas Station - 2

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Rizhao City, Shandong Province, China

The photos below show a development in Rizhao City in the Shandong Province of China that includes several structures that are somewhat similar in shape to the Futuro. The photos are from an 020113 article on the website gb.cri.cn which indicates construction on the site took place 2009/2010.

Futuro Lookalike - Rizhao City, Shandong Province, China - 1  Futuro Lookalike - Rizhao City, Shandong Province, China - 2

Futuro Lookalike - Rizhao City, Shandong Province, China - 4  Futuro Lookalike - Rizhao City, Shandong Province, China - 3

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Russian Futuro "Look Alike"

Yves recently sent me this photo of a "look alike" located in Naro-Fominsk, Russia. It reminds me very much of the The PEI UFO.

Futuro Lookalike - Naro Fominsk, Russia

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UFO Type Bar In Armenia

This clipping from a Dutch newspaper features a photo by Tim Dirven taken during a visit to Armenia in 2004. Though similar in shape to the Futuro the structure appears to be much smaller and while it is hard to tell from only the photo it looks to me as if it is fabricated from metal. The photo can also be see on Dirven's website [click "Navigate" and then select Europe followed by Armenia] with the caption:

"Armenia. August 2004. An UFO type bar on top of the Spitak pass. Drivers can take a rest after a steep climbing on the sloped of mount Aragats."

Futuro Lookalike - Armenia

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Villa Benedetti

Futuro Lookalike - Villa Benedetti Disco Room - 3Back in 2012 the website wowhaus.co.uk published an article on an Italian property that was for sale. The property was Villa Benedetti, a 1970's six-bedroom house located in Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region of southern Italy.

One of the unique features of the house can be found by following a corridor and climbing a spiral staircase after which you find yourself in a flying saucer-shaped psychedelic disco room. Externally the structure clearly fits the description "Futuro Look Alike"; the interior is also reminiscent of Futuro though the decor looks to me like extended exposure would result in a headache but perhaps I am just too old to appreciate it.

Futuro Lookalike - Villa Benedetti Disco Room - 1

Futuro Lookalike - Villa Benedetti Disco Room - 2

Futuro Lookalike - Villa Benedetti Disco Room - 4

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Wyder AG Office Building

While this office building on the campus of Wyder AG in Sins, Switzerland does not actually "look like" a Futuro, it is considerably larger and a different shape, it very definitely "reminds" me of a Futuro. It is raised from the ground on angled supports, it has a stepped entry way and the shape while not circular is also not angular. It is interesting to see that the "framework" for the structure is wooden.

The photos are courtesy of the following websites; www.wyder-bedachungen.ch [exterior], www.diemeister.ch [interior and left "construction photo"] and www.aargauerzeitung.ch [right "construction photo"]

Wyder AG Office Building | Courtesy Of www.wyder-bedachungen.ch

Wyder AG Office Building | Courtesy Of www.diemeister.ch - 1

Wyder AG Office Building | Courtesy Of www.diemeister.ch - 2  Wyder AG Office Building | Courtesy Of www.aargauerzeitung.ch

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Nikolaos Xasteros Futuristic House

Update 012716

The E-Bay listing has been ended. Given that E-Bay shows the listing as "ended" rather than reporting the item as "sold" the house was not sold on E-Bay but of course the listing may have been ended early because the house was sold through other channels.



Update 012516

An example of the Nikolaos Xasteros House has been listed for sale on E-Bay [UK] as a "buy it now" for a little over $16,000.

DISCLAIMER: TheFuturoHouse.com is not the owner or seller of this item and is not affiliated with the sale in any way. This is a "big ticket" item so please due your due diligence if you are interested.



Update 112615

From time to time I get emails about possible Futuros and such was the case recently when I got an email from Giannis Sarris regarding a possible Futuro in Athens. Being Greece the Nikolaos Xasteros House came to mind and indeed when Giannis sent me some photos that turned out to be the case.

I do not often "revisit" look alikes but in this case one of the photos highlighted some of the similarities between the Xasteros structure and the Futuro to such an extent that I thought it was worth adding here.

The images below [Xasteros on the left and Futuro on the right] clearly show how both structures were manufactured in sections and how those sections had inward facing "flanges" to facilitate their assembly into a single structure. Both also show a radial structure upon which the floor could be mounted. Obviously there are also significant structural and design differences between the two; the windows were different and in the case of Xasteros the lower section appears to have been manufactured as a single section whereas with Futuro the segments run fully top to bottom. In addition the horizontal join between upper and lower sections is lower in the Xasteros house.

Overall while there are clearly significant and numerous differences the similarities in underlying concept are such that I wonder whether the designs originated entirely separately or whether one was prompted in some part by the other. The Xasteros structure was patented in 1969 not too long after Futuro.

My thanks to Giannis Sarris for sharing this photo.

Futuro > Xasteros Compare 1  Futuro > Xasteros Compare 2



Original Information 010513

Recently I received an email reporting a Futuro on the coast around Athens, Greece. The email contained a link to the photo below taken by Marios Moros 092009.

Xasteros - Marios 1

Of course I had never come across any references to a Futuro in Greece so this was exciting - for about 30 seconds! At a first and brief glance the image does show something that appears Futuro like but after the initial excitement it becomes very clear that this is not a Futuro. This is actually a photo of a prefabricated building designed by one Nikolaos Xasteros and what is really interesting is that there are many similarities between this and the Futuro both in the actual design as well as in "the story". You can read more about this "non Futuro" here.

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FUTURO | THE MODELS

The Autodesk 123D Model *** | The Canadian Architectural Model | The Christmas Model
The Concept Model | The Finnish Museum Of Architecture Model | The Lego Model
The "Printed" Model

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The Autodesk 123D Model

Angela Toma recently sent me the photos below which are of a rather cool Futuro model she created using Autodesk 123D. Thanks for sharing them Angela.

Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 1  Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 2

Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 3  Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 4

Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 5  Angela Toma - Autodesk 123D Futuro Model - Photo 6

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The Canadian Architectural Model

On 120504 Chicago based auction house Wright held an auction titled "Modernist 20th Century"; Lot 369 of the auction featured an architectural model of the Futuro House and an extensive archive with original tear sheets, photographs, floor plans, articles and a book about the Futuro project. These two photographs of the model are from the auction catalog.

Wright Auction Modernist 20th Century Lot 369 - Photo 1  Wright Auction Modernist 20th Century Lot 369 - Photo 2

The model was constructed according to the Canadian floor plan of the Futuro House and the additional materials were from Futuro Fiberglass Homes Ltd, the Canadian licensee of the Futuro House. Pre-auction estimates for Lot 369 were $3,000 to $4,000; the realized price was $7,800.

Richard Pisani, owner of the Danvers Futuro and creator of the website Futuro-House.net, includes some personal recollections of his experience with this auction on his website here. Richard was planning to bid on the auction with a budget of $3,200 [which, with a 20% buyer's premium and Chicago Sales Tax of 8.75%, actually equated to $4120] and on auction day he was on the phone with a representative of the auction house ready to bid. Unfortunately the opening bid came in at $4,500 and Richard was effectively out of the running before he was even able to place a bid.

Prior to the auction Richard had visited Chicago and taken a large number of photographs of the items comprising Lot 369 which he added to his website. Unfortunately the link to the "photo album" no longer functions [and while the Photo Gallery pages can be accessed in the Internet Archive Wayback machine here the images themselves cannot]. If anyone happened to archive these photos I would love to see them.

More information on the Canadian Futuro House can be found on Len's website FuturoHouse.com in pdf format here.

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The Christmas Model

Damien David posted the photo below to Facebook along with the comment:

"Look what my friend made me for Christmas!"

The model [rather cool in my opinion] is made from "Sculpey" which Damien describes as a kind of bake at home modeling clay.

Futuro - The Christmas

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The Concept Model

The photo below shows a very cool "concept" Futuro model that is rather reminiscent of the Futuro II-X. Both have the two "halves" of a Futuro separated and an additional section added between the two halves.

The photo is by Ilkka Jukarainen and is displayed here under CC 2.0.

The model is from Matti Suuronen's archive and is photographed on display at KAMU, Espoo City Museum [which is located in the WeeGee Exhibition Center along with EMMA, Espoo Museum Of Modern Art which of course hosts Futuro #001 and the "Futuro World" Exhibition]. The archive was donated to KAMU by Matti Suuronen's Estate earlier this year [my thanks to Marko Home for the background information].

Futuro Concept Model - KAMU, Espoo City Museum - 1

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The Finnish Museum Of Architecture Model

Back on 071214 I visited the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, Finland and took the photos below of the Futuro model displayed there.

I meant to add the photos to the site but never got around to it. While adding other sections related to models to this page for the 100415 update I was reminded of my visit and added these photos at the same time.

Futuro Model - Finnish Museum Of Architecture - 071214 - 1

Futuro Model - Finnish Museum Of Architecture - 071214 - 2

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The Lego Model

In 2017 Finland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Declaration of Independence. On Lego.com it is suggested that this would be:

"... a chance for the Danish to make a Lego set for their friendly neighbour."

Not too sure that Lego would be the first thing that came to mind for most people when thinking about such an auspicious anniversary but each to their own. The suggested Lego set comprises five "landmark" buildings one of which is the Futuro House. The model is perhaps not the most "exact" model of a Futuro ever but Lego has its limitations and the model can clearly be seen to resemble the Futuro.

Futuro - The Lego Model

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The "Printed" Model

In a tweet that I missed way back on 032815 Aalto Fablab posted the photo below. The tweet read as follows:

"we're at @emmamuseum this weekend making parts for our futuro model with our @makerbot and @formlabs 3d printers YAY!"

I have not come across any photos of the completed model yet; the capabilities of 3D printers seem to be advancing rapidly and it would be interesting to see the final product.

Futuro - 3D Printer Model - Aalto Fablab

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FUTURO | THE MOVIE TRAILER

Kinotar, who hold the rights to the excellent Mika Taanila directed 1998 documentary film Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow, recently uploaded this trailer for the film to YouTube. Though the film has been around for some time it is still screened several times a year at various international film festivals and other events.

For those who might like to own a copy of the film it can be obtained on the compilation DVD Aika & Aine [Time & Matter] or by purchasing a copy of the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday edited by Marko Home and Mika Taanila. The book can be very expensive but it is a must have for any "rabid" Futuro fan and comes along with a DVD that includes the film along with several fascinating extras.



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FUTURO | THE MURAL

J.W. Walls offers this mural/wallpaper featuring the Futuro House that can be printed to match the exact dimensions of your wall [with a suggested maximum width of 3230 mm]. The cost is $185 and up.

The image below illustrates how the mural might look.

Futuro - Mural By J.W. Walls

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FUTURO | THE PAINTINGS

Daniel Blagg *** | Alain Fraboni | artastic | HollyJ26 | Pepita | Katrin Plavcak | Maria Rodilla
Jan Ros | Donald Short | Richard Stride | Barney Vincelette

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"Futuro House" by Daniel Blagg

This great oil on canvas painting by Daniel Blagg depicts the Royce City Futuro prior to it paint refresh in 2014.

Futuro Painting [Royse City] - Daniel Blagg

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"Paysage nocturne avec mer de nuage et maison Futuro, 2008" by Alain Fraboni

A work entitled "Paysage nocturne avec mer de nuage et maison Futuro, 2008" was painted in 2008 by Alain Fraboni. Google translates the title to "Night landscape with sea and cloud Futuro house, 2008". The painting can be found on Alain's website here.

Futuro Painting - Alain Fraboni

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"Futuro Home" By artastic [Carlisle Futuro]

This nice painting of the pair of Futuros in Carlisle, Ohio appeared a couple of months ago on the website wetcanvas.com. The painting, by artastic, is oil over acrylic.

Futuro Painting - artastic

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"Futuro House" By HollyJ26 [Carlisle Futuro]

This nice piece of work by HollyJ26 appeared on the website wetcanvas.com 032716. The painting, in acrylics, depicts one half of the pair of Futuros located in Carlisle, Ohio.

Futuro Painting - HollyJ26

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"Futuro" By Pepita

I came across this painting in acrylic on this webpage. As it often does Google struggled to translate a page in Finnish but as far as I can tell it is a blog titled VariPala written by someone who goes by the name Pepito; that of course could be completely wrong!

Finding this painting was somewhat fortuitous as the page actually turned up in the result set as I was searching for a copy of the book Pikkuväen Askartelukirja.

Futuro Painting - Pepita

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In 2005 German artist
Katrin Plavcak painted a Futuro; the painting is shown below and you can find it on Katrin's website here. Given the painter's nationality, the location by water and among trees and the appearence of the antenna on top of the Futuro it seems almost certain that the inspiration for this painting was the Berlin Futuro.

Futuro Painting - Katrin Plavcak

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"Futuro House, Texas" by Maria Rodilla [Royse City Futuro]

I came across this piece of art by Maria Rodilla on Tumblr. The piece is annotated "Texas" so the inspiration must be the Royse City Futuro based on the color and generak appearance.

Futuro House, Texas - Maria Rodilla

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"Futuro 2012" by Jan Ros [Dombai Futuro]

This 2012 painting by Jan Ros is a depiction of the Dombai Futuro and is one of my favorite pieces of Futuro art.

Futuro Painting - Jan Ros

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"Futuro" [Dombai Futuro] & "Space Age Daydream" by Donald Short

Update 041616

Came across another nice Futuro work by Donald Short the other day. "Space Age Daydream" [oil on canvas] can be purchased for $2,900 on the website saatchiart.

Space Age Daydream - Donald Short



Futuro - Dombai - Open BuildingsUpdate 112312

I had seen this photo many times before but the similarity between the photo and this painting had simply not registered with me. Achim Breiling pointed it out to me the other day and as he rightly suggested it certainly looks as if this photo [courtesy of Open Buildings] was the inspiration behind Donald Short's painting.



Original Notes 101312

Donald Short is an artist who lives in the university town of Oxford, England with an interest in architectural forms; you can check out Donald's work on his website.

In 2009 Short painted a work he titled simply "Futuro". Though of course I am not certain I cannot help but think that the painting must have been inspired by the Dombai Futuro. The angle of the land below the Futuro, the snowy hillside location, the impression of a valley in the background with mountains on the other side; all of these things lend credence to the idea that this is a representation of the Dombai Futuro. Let me know what you think.

Futuro Painting - Donald Short

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"Futuro II (should we try again Tracy?)" by Richard Stride

Over the course of Christmas Eve into Christmas Day 1974 the city of Darwin, Australia was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. Wikipedia tells us that:

"Tracy killed 71 people, caused $837 million in damage (1974 AUD) and destroyed more than 70 percent of Darwin's buildings"

The destruction of a Futuro House located in the Larrakeyah area was included in those terrible loses.

In an art piece titled "Futuro II (should we try again Tracy?)" Brisbane based visual artist Richard Stride:

"... questions the resurrection of the Futuro House in Darwin and its potential through the lens of architectural representations."

Stride's work is being showcased 092014-101114 as a part of the NCCART [Northern Center For Contemporary Art's] "Boxset" program. The images below are courtesy of the website dispatch.net.au where you can find additional "detail" shots.

Futuro Artwork - Richard Stride - 1

Futuro Artwork - Richard Stride - 1

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"Surrealistic Futuro" by Barney Vincelette

Barney Vincelette, long time owner and resident of the Houston Futuro, has made many varied contributions to these pages. This week he kindly shared with me [and you] this painting. In his own words Barney tells me that this is a:

"painting I did for a front cover of some history that I will pass to my next of kin. It is a surrealistic painting that has a Futuro house and a flying wing approaching an island in the sky to land where the Futuro is."

Barney - you are clearly a man of many talents; thanks for sharing.

Futuro Painting - Barney Vincelette

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FUTURO | THE PATENT [UNITED STATES]

On 112168 Matti J. Suuronen applied for a patent in the US for the Futuro House [assigned to Polykem AB]. The patent was issued 021070 as US Patent # D216542 and this patent is shown below. The patent can be accessed online here [Google Patents/Books] and if you wish you can download a the patent as a pdf file.

US Futuro Patent Page 1   US Futuro Patent Page 2

Interestingly while searching Google Patents I came across the following that appears, at least to me, to relate to the Venturo [also attributed to Matti Suuronen].

US Patent # 227006 [shown below - download pdf here] looks to me to be for the Venturo but the recorded attribution to Polykem is by one Hannu Vilho Sakari Laitinen and not Matti Suuronen; contrast this with the image to the right which is of US Patent 240216 which is the nearest thing to Venturo a search for Matti Suuronen US Patents on Google Patents generates. Not suggesting Matti Suuronen was not the designer of the Venturo; it is well documented that he did so likely around 1971 [this patent though issued in 1974 was filed 1971]. There could be all sorts of reasons why the US assignor was not Matti Suuronen but the patent is interesting nonetheless.
  Matti Suuronen Patent - Venturo?


US Venturo Patent? Page 1   US Venturo Patent? Page 2

Polykem also registerd two other Matti Suuronen assigned patents in the US. One for a "Bath Stove" whatever that is and one titled "Enclosure For Telephone Station Or The Like".

Bath Station   Telephone Enclosure

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FUTURO | THE PHOTOSHOPS

Abduction | Future City | Rainbow | Tow Truck | Turenki *** | Welcome

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"Abduction" by Marcos Nogueira

"Abduction" by Marcos Nogueira is a rather cool "alien abduction" image that is clearly based on the Royse City Futuro [prior to its 2014 "paint job"]. Marcos' original work can be found on the website Deviant Art.

Abduction

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"Future City" by Adriana Musetti Dávila

I came across this image on the website Photoshop Creative. The image is the work of Uruguayan artist Adriana Musetti Dávila. Adriana titled her work "Future City" and used this image of the Royse City Futuro as the basis for her work. Personally I think it is an awesome piece of Futuro related art.

Rainbow - Adriana Musetti Davila

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"Rainbow" by Vibradios

The image below is from Facebook and is by Argentinean design team Vibradios. I am not entirely sure what the image represents but it is an interesting composition based, I believe, on the Dombai Futuro.

Rainbow - Vibradios

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"Tow Truck" by Unknown

Update 092714

Yves Buysse has made many contributions to these pages and he was one of those who suggested my view on this photo was incorrect. Yves was also very persistent despite my "proof" of last week and he has now convinced me that I did indeed have it wrong. I now agree that this is simply a photo that is "staged" to look like the "Ekå" Futuro is mounted on the bed of a tow truck when it is actually located on a raised rocky area behind the tow truck.

Yves finally convinced me by means of his own "reproduction" of the shot created with the help of a toy truck and a [very cool] "ufo" lamp. The three photos below, courtesy of Yves, show exactly how he "constructed" the shot and in doing so they also explain how the photo that appears to show the "Ekå" Futuro on the bed of a tow truck could have been shot.

How To Create The EKA Futuro Truck Shot - 1  How To Create The EKA Futuro Truck Shot - 2  How To Create The EKA Futuro Truck Shot - 3



Update 092014

After adding this section to the website last week I received several emails suggesting that my conclusion that this was a "photoshopped" image was incorrect. Mostly the suggestion was it would have been too difficult to edit an image in this way in the 1970's and in some cases there was a suggestion that placing a Futuro on a truck was not a difficult thing to do and that there was simply no reason to assume the image had been edited.

I always encourage and welcome feedback and ideas and often I amend or even completely change my conclusions and the content of these pages based on input from others; indeed without the continuing contributions of my readers and other Futuro aficionados these pages would not continue to grow with new content. That said in this particular case I have to disagree and I remain convinced this is an edited image.

However given many opinions that differed from mine and the fact that my original conclusion was based on the "eyeball test" only I thought I ought to dig a little for some more factual evidence to support my conclusion.

The photo in question was found on the webpage tow.se and at the bottom of that page, below the photographs of the tow truck, we find images of documents relating to the specific tow truck seen in the photos. In the first of these documents we find details of some of the dimensions of the tow truck; it is listed as having a wheelbase of 5 meters, an overall length of 8.05 meters and, most notably, a width of 2.44 meters.

Given that a Futuro is approximately 8 meters in diameter and the tow truck was 8.05 meters in length it is hard to see how a Futuro could have been mounted on the bed of the tow truck given that the length of the bed appears to be only around half of the length of the tow truck. However that too is based on looking at the photo rather than facts.

So, consider the photograph; the lower ends of the support struts can be seen at the edge of visible side of the tow truck. The two supports on the visible side of the Futuro are lined up with the side of the truck. Given the symmetry of the Futuro and its support ring and legs it is reasonable to assume that the remaining two supports are similarly aligned and standing on the other side of the truck and it is in this assumption that I find, for me at least, proof that this image must be an edited image.

The width of the truck is 2.44 meters and this is nowhere near wide enough to allow the Futuro to be mounted on top of the truck with all four "feet" on the truck's bed. In fact if the visible "feet" were mounted on the truck bed as seen in the photo the opposite feet would actually be around two meters beyond the other side of the truck and the Futuro could clearly not have been mounted in that fashion.

And the evidence for this? Consider the image below, an original architectural schematic for the Austin Futuro dated 011470 that specifically provides details of the piers required for mounting a Futuro. The "chord" or linear distance from the center of one adjacent pier to the next is noted as 14' 6 3/32" which converts to 4.42 meters. Basically this means the tow truck would have been at least that wide to accommodate a Futuro and at 2.44 meters wide it clearly failed to meet that requirement.

Futuro II Plans - Pier Details

Admittedly the architectural drawing was provided for the installation of a US Futuro II and not a European Futuro but could the European version and the US versions have been different enough to invalidate the argument that the truck bed could simply not accommodate a Futuro. I do not believe so but let's add some facts here too.

The image below is from this original French sales flyer and it indicates the radius of the ring upon which the European style Futuro sat was 2.55 meters; this is less than the 3.12 meter radius for the piers seen on the Futuro II architectural drawing but the support legs on a Futuro are angled outward so the radius at the base of the supports would have been close to that of the US models and equally incompatible, in my opinion, with mounting a Futuro on the bed of a tow truck 2.44 meters wide. Even if the legs were not angled out the chord between the base of the support struts based on a 5.1 meter diameter ring would be 3.6 meters which is still far greater than the 2.44 meter width of the tow truck.

French Futuro sales Brochure Extract

I am no mathematician for sure but I am absolutely convinced that a Futuro could simply not have been mounted on top of this tow truck. That said as always I do encourage contributions and opinions, it is what this website thrives on, so if you still think I have it wrong please let me know. As always I can be contacted directly by email or by using my Contact Form



Futuro House - EKA CardOriginal Notes 091414

A week ago I added an update to "The Finnish 20" which referenced, among other things, the photo at right. At the time I indicated that I felt the photo looked a little "odd." The other day I came across another very similar photo on the website tow.se and this time I am 100% sure the photograph has been altered.

The photo, displayed below, shows a Futuro on top of a tow truck. However the Futuro is far too small in relation to the size of the truck; if this were a real photo of a real event the Futuro would overhang the side of the tow truck to a far greater extent than that seen in the photo. Contrast the photo with the examples below of three different Futuro re-locations by flatbed; in every case we can see how far the Futuro overlaps the edge of the flatbed and it is clear the tow.se photo must be edited.

It is of course highly unlikely this image is "photoshopped" as it is almost certainly from the 1970's and Photoshop was not created until 1988 [Wikipedia] but given it is a manipulated image I figured I would add it to this section of the site since "photoshopped" seems to have become a term associated with image manipulation in general.

Scania/Eka Photoshopped Image

Futuro - Flatbed Transport Examples

Comparison image sources:
JoeInSouthernCA | SanDiegoBoatMovers.com [Archived] | King House Removals [With permission]


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Futuro #000 In Turenki by Unknown

In January 2017 I added a copy of Issue 29 of the Russian magazine Projector to my collection of "Things Futuro". I noted at the time that one of the photos in the magazine was a photo of Futuro #000 during its time in Turenki, Finland. Shortly afterwards Yves Buysse who has made many contributions to these pages pointed out to me that the photo was odd; something I should have noticed myself but sadly I am not always the most observant of people.

Take a look at the two photos below. On the left is the photo published in Projector and on the right is a photo of a postcard I purchased at the Museum Of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, Finland during a visit in 2014. Both are clearly the same photo but there is a difference; in the Projector photo we see the entrance and lower viewing windows of the Futuro and these are not present in the photo on the postcard.

I am certain that the photo published in Projector has been photoshopped at some time in its life, most likely long before it reached the magazine's publishers, for a number of reasons.

First, the photo on the postcard has been published many times in many different media and it has never shown the entrance and lower viewing windows. In addition the photo published in Projector shows the entrance located directly below one of the windows and it also shows the lower viewing windows located directly beside the entrance and for me this is a problem.

Futuro #000 is currently in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands and as a result there is no shortage of photos of this Futuro. Every photo I have seen of this Futuro shows that the entrance is located between two windows and that the lower viewing windows are further from the entrance.

In addition the positioning of the entrance directly below a window is typically only seen in US manufactured Futuros and I do not recall seeing the lower viewing windows located right next to the entrance in any of the thousands of Futuro photos in my collection.

I am not too sure why this photo would have been photoshopped in the way it appears to have been but I am absolutely sure that it was.

Turenki Photoshopped Image  Turenki Original Image - Museum Of Finnish Architecture Postcard

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"Welcome" by Unknown

Pensacola Beach Futuro House Photoshopped Image SourceA few days ago I came across the photo below on the website apxu.ru and for a moment [but only for a moment] I thought I had come across a photo of a Futuro in a new location [at least to me]. In fact the photo is a photoshopped image of the Pensacola Beach Futuro which used a photo by Jerry Gay [left] as its source.

Pensacola Beach Futuro House Photoshopped Image

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FUTURO | THE PILLOWS

Futuro Diesel Ad 2   The website Koussinus.fr appears to be both a Gallery and Storefront for Koussinus, a "Créateur d'objets textiles" or "Creator Of Textile Objects". Though the "Boutique" section of the site states that it is not an ecommerce site it is nevertheless offering items for sale.

What has this to do with the "Futuro Fan"? Well, one of the sections of the site displays pillows embroidered with Futuros; round pillows as shown at left and also regular rectangular pillows; check them out here. The Futuro products page is headed with this "Clin d'œil aux années 60 et à la maison "Futuro" réalisée par l'architecte Matti Suuronen" which I think translates to a "Nod to the 60s and the "Futuro" home designed by architect Matti Suuronen."

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FUTURO | THE PUMPKIN

Odd coincidences happen from time to time. One such was my coming across this "Futuro House Pumpkin" on Instagram just a few days before Halloween 2016. It was posted to Instagram by pappastan in 2014.

Futuro - Curtis Associates 1

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FUTURO | THE QUILT

The Futuro sometimes "pops up" in some unlikely places and for me this is one of those times. I came across this on Instagram recently; a Futuro featuring on a quilt [looks like a work in progress] posted to Instagram by Claire Wiseman aka westcoastcinnamongirl.

Futuro - Curtis Associates 1

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FUTURO | THE RENDERINGS

Justin Adams | Mitch Bailey | Lawrence D'Oliveiro | Ole Grødem | Bernard Huguet ***
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Justin Adams

Justin Adams describes himself as "Automotive designer who also works with marine and aerospace projects". He has recently been working on a Futuro House CAD project and has placed his work on GrabCAD. Justin also kindly agreed to let me share his work here. Below are examples of this work; it is impressive how realistic these images appear. You can also access Justin's 3-D Model here [note this requires IE11 or Chrome; not too sure about other browsers]. Thanks for sharing your work Justin.

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 1

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 2  Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 3

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 4  Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 5

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 6

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 7

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Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 13

Futuro Renderings - Justin Adams - 14

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Mitch Bailey

This nice set of renderings is the work of Mitch Bailey. More information and the original renderings can be found on artstation.com.

Futuro Renderings - Mitch Bailey - 1

Futuro Renderings - Mitch Bailey - 2

Futuro Renderings - Mitch Bailey - 3

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Lawrence D'Oliveiro

Lawrence D'Oliveiro posted this very cool rendering of the interior of a Futuro House on Vimeo.



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Ole Grødem

Update 040316

An 031416 article on the website graphisoft.no provided a little background on the work Ole Grødem did in ArchiCAD that led to the BIMxPro 3D model referenced below. That article included the rather cool rendered images from ArchiCAD shown below.

Futuro Archicad Renderings - Ole Grødem - 1

Futuro Archicad Renderings - Ole Grødem - 2

Futuro Archicad Renderings - Ole Grødem - 3



Original Information 050915

Ole Grødem recently added a rather cool project entitled "Futuro Recreation" to the website bimx.graphisoft.com which is a 3D rendering of a Futuro House that is navigable and includes not only the exterior but also the interior of the model. The two screenshots below are captured from the model. To run this requires the download of both a viewer and the Futuro model file itself. Both can be downloaded here.

Futuro Renderings - Ole Grødem - Exterior

Futuro Renderings - Ole Grødem - Interior

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Bernard Huguet

The two images below, by Bernard Huguet, can be found on the website artstation.com; they depict a renedered Futuro in a "real" environment. Interesting coinicidence; one of them depicts a building signed "Bombardier, the Canadian based aerospace company that constructed the molds for the Canadian Futuros [though it appears the building is in Sweden, at least I believe so based on the signs in the photo].

Futuro Renderings - Bernard Huguet - 1

Futuro Renderings - Bernard Huguet - 2

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Render3d-Italia

I came across the image below the other day on the website Render3d-Italia. I cannot seem to find any information or background on the image [not even who created it] but I thought it had a place here simply because it is a very cool image that features not one but two Futuros.

Futuro Rendering - Render3d-Italia

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FUTURO | THE SIBLINGS

Along with the Futuro Matti Suuronen also designed several other buildings using similar materials. As with the Futuro they never reached the "mass-market" status to which they aspired but as with the Futuro there are also examples still around today. On 070814 during my July 2014 visit to Helsinki, Finland I was able to visit an example of each of them ably guided by Marko Home, Futuro Historian and co-editor of the book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday. Thank you for acting as my personal "tour guide" Marko!

As we all know I am a little obsessed with Futuro and I have always resisted the temptation to dive into other buildings and concepts with the same vigor; I simply do not have the time. It was however very interesting to see other examples of Suuronen's other creations. That there are examples of each of them still around and in use almost 50 years ago is clearly a validation of the longevity of Suuronen's basic design principles.

The photos below illustrate in use examples of Futuro's "siblings", the Casa Finlandia CF-10, CF-45 and CF-100, around the Helsinki area as they appeared 070814. The numeric part of the designations indicates the floor area of the respective units.

CF-10 Kiosk | CF-45 Venturo | CF-100 Service Station

CF-10 Kiosk

The 10 square meter CF-10 Kiosk was the smallest of Suuronen's designs. Here we see a unit still operating in exactly that manner as a roadside diner/burger bar. Not only is it still operating but based on my visit it is operating quite successfully; during my visit it seemed to have a steady stream of customers.

CF-10 Helsinki 070814 1

CF-10 Helsinki 070814 2  CF-10 Helsinki 070814 3

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CF-45 Venturo

Update 052415

Marko Home sent me these two photos of a fully renovated Venturo which opened May 2015 in Orimattila, near Lahti, about 100 km from Helsinki. The Venturo will be used as a showroom and conference room by the Keraplast plastic company.

Keraplast manufactures similar products to those once manufactured by Polykem and has sometimes fabricated replacements for Polykem manufactured products. As an example Polykem manufactured the original plastic bubble windows for the roof of the Tapiola swimming hall which was opened in 1965. During a 2008 renovation Keraplast manufactured new "replica" bubble windows to replace the Polykem originals.

The opening of the renovated Futuro was attended by Matti Suuronen's widow and other family members. I think they would have been proud; the quality of the renovation appears to be excellent and showcases Matti Suuronen's vision some 50 years or so after his designs were first turned into reality.

Restored Venturo In Orimattila - May 2015 - Shot By Marko Home - Exterior

Restored Venturo In Orimattila - May 2015 - Shot By Marko Home - Interior



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Known as the "Venturo" [see brochure here] the CF-45 is perhaps, after Futuro, the best known of Suuronen's designs and there are many examples still around today. Primarily designed as a modular housing unit the "Venturo", like Futuro, can still be found at multiple sites around the world; perhaps most notably there are multiple examples at the Wanli site in Taiwan.

The photos below, shot 070814, show a suburban Helsinki location where three Venturos are "inter-linked" and form part of the owner's home.

CF-45 Helsinki 070814 1

CF-45 Helsinki 070814 2

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CF-100 Service Station

The CF-100 at 100 square meters was the largest of Suuronen's designs and with its "modular" design it multiple units could easily be assembled together to create larger floor area structures. In this case, a Service Station in suburban Helsinki there are two units together creating a single structure still being uses as a service station after almost 50 years.

CF-100 Helsinki 070814 1

CF-100 Helsinki 070814 2  CF-100 Helsinki 070814 3

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FUTURO | THE STAMP

The Futuro StampIn 1971 Finland issued a stamp to commemorate the plastics industry; the stamp featured the Futuro House [Scott # 0190-0511]. The stamp was issued 102071.

Shown below is my collection of these stamps [a description of each type of example can be found here]. There are at least two other different First Day Covers that I know of; if you have a First Day Cover different to the one shown or know of one for sale please let me know.

The Futuro Stamp - My Collection

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FUTURO | THE TELEVISION SET

The Berlin Futuro served as a set in a German children's TV series, Terra Max [German | Google Translate to English here]. It was used as a backdrop for outdoor scenes and the interior was staged as a kind of "mad scientist's laboratory". For more information see the Berlin Futuro page.

The image below shows the Futuro as it appeared in the TV Series.

Futuro - Curtis Associates 1

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FUTURO | THE WTF

You know you are getting older when you look at something, don't really understand it, and conclude it is something definitely "for kids". I have absolutely no idea what this website is all about or what anyone would be doing on it other than someone like me wondering what someone would be doing on such a website.

On the site Curtis Amusements tells us that "First and foremost, it's about having fun. It's also about publicity, and if you're reading this, it's working. Curtis Amusements creates and develops entertainment content, and unlike some other outfits that claim they do too, we'll actually try to entertain you while you visit our website (not just throw a bit of sliding text and a blaring tune in your face and leave it at that).

Whatever it is all about the designers of the site chose to use the Futuro as the basis for some of their graphical imagery as shown in the two screen captures below.

Futuro - Curtis Associates 1

Futuro - Curtis Associates 2

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