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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TheFuturoHouse.com in the press and on loan.
Genesis Of An Architectural Icon
How did it all get started?
Concept, Design, Manufacturing & Marketing
How did it all come about?
How Did They Get To Where They Were Going?
Just how do you transport a Futuro House?
Where Are They Now [Or Where Were They]?
The most complete & up to date list on the web.
Where Are They Now Mapped Out?
Google Map showing the current locations of known Futuros.
Bits & Pieces
"Futuro Stuff" that does not fit anywhere else.
A Different Perspective
A photo gallery of unusual "Futuro Shots".
Collector's Corner
My personal collection of "Things Futuro".
The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive
Historical documents from the Futuro Corporation Of Colorado.
Other Archives & Collections
Smaller historical archives and collections.
All manner of Futuro related material - web, print, video etc.
A place to chat about Futuros
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If you have or know of any books, magazines, photographs or other Futuro related items that are for sale please let me know using the Contact Form. I will pay top prices for all things Futuro.
Help Translate Non English Documents
TranslateI have many books, magazines etc. in my Collection and a fair number are in languages other than English; these may contain new information about one or more Futuros but without translated text that information cannot be added here. If you are able to translate something I can provide high res files for that purpose. Look for the icon on the Collection page; it can be used to send me an email regarding translation of a particular book or document.

All images used on these pages are attributed by means of a name and a link to the original image or article containing the image. Where necessary permission to display the image has either already been given or there has not yet been a response to a request for permission that was made at the time the image was added.

I used to wait until I got a response to requests before publishing but in 100% of requests made since I started researching the Futuro House around 24 months ago I have always been given permission to use images.

Therefore going forward I intend to request permission as I always have but publish images with appropriate attribution at the time so I do not subsequently have to go back and edit pages to add them.
  • If you find an image you own used on one of my pages that you would like removed please let me know and I will do so immediately.
  • If you would like the attribution used for one of your images altered please let me know and I will make the appropriate edits immediately.
  • Please note that this website is the new home of The Futuro House Project. Where permission was granted to display images on that original site I have assumed the permission holds true for this new permanent home on its own domain. Please let me know if you own an image and do not wish it to be used on this new site let me know.
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John F. kennedy
The human creative process is fascinating; there is an old saying that "necessity is the mother of invention". That may well be true but it seems to me that there are "muses" other than necessity that are just as likely to inspire creativity and new ideas. The Futuro House may well have come about because of the era in which it was born and it is entirely possible that it simply could not have ever seen the light of day had the initial idea, that spark of creativity that still fascinates so many of us decades later, come into being in a different era.

Apollo 11 Logo
The Futuro House was born of the 1960's. Being born in 1958 the limited recollection I have of those times is filtered through the eyes of a child but the internet is awash with information and remembrances of those times. Despite the ongoing Vietnam War the 60's was a vibrant time, a time of enthusiasm and a time fondly remembered by those who lived it. The nightmare of the Second World War, never forgotten by those who lived through it, was at least beginning it's long transition from "now" to "history". The Great Depression was a couple of decades in the past. It was the era of the hope, and then the ultimate tragedy, of John F. Kennedy and of the heyday of the American Civil Rights Movement and of the always remembered "I Have A Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. The 60's also saw, and perhaps could be said to have been dominated by, the "Space Race" and the never to be forgotten Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. I still recall having goosebumps as Neil Armstrong spoke some of the most famous words ever uttered by man; "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Woodstock Poster
In popular culture the '60's saw the "hippie" movement, "make love not war", Woodstock and The Beatles. Psychedelic Drugs were in vogue. The fashion world saw the Bikini become mainstream and Mary Quant give the women of the world [or is that the men?] the Mini Skirt. The world was living in an era of hope and plenty. The Postwar Economic Boom had a few years yet to run and with the inexorable technological progress of the times it looked like technology would be the answer to the world's problems.

So how does all of this equal Futuro. While the world was experiencing an economic boom it was not without problems; one was its growing population and the associated need for economically viable, easily produced and transportable housing. So, while the Futuro was initially conceived of as a ski cabin that would be "quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain" the times into which it was born ultimately caused it to morph into a relatively cheap, "production line" house that would be at least one part of the answer to the world's housing issues.

Thus was born the Futuro House:

"Product For The 60's - Architectural Icon For The Ages"

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