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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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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE - A PHOTO GALLERY | UPDATED 061117

The pages of "The Futuro House Project" display a large number of images of Futuro Houses and link to an even larger number of non CC images on their original sites. Almost all of these are on the individual Futuro House pages and are designed to illustrate the appearance and/or location of the particular unit.

This gallery is something a little bit different and is designed to showcase images featuring Futuro's that are a little out of the ordinary; the odd, the bizarre, the creative, the cool all have a place here. A Futuro may be paired with something, perhaps the photo features a different, unusual or obscure perspective, it's composition may be exceptional and so on. The thing common to all images featured here is that they are more than just a photograph of a Futuro, they are photographs that stand out as photographs in their own right.

If you have a photo that fits the bill why not have me add it here - you never know you might end up being the proud photographer who took "THE" Futuro photo and earn yourself a little traffic to your photostream or web site along the way.



Alien Eyes | Aliens In Da Town | Back To The Futuro | Barbie älskar Sverige
Futuro & Smart In Maebashi | Lost Soul | May The Futuro Be With You | Perspective
Reflections | Rocket Ship/Rocket Car | So Now We Know | So This Is How You Move Them!
Sphere | Sunrise/Sunset *** | The Church | Twistee Treat & Spaceship In The Snow

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ALIEN EYES

Futuro - Alien Eyes - Berlin?

"alien eyes" by jonas_k | Date 051707 | Location Berlin? | CC 2.0



A really cool "perspective" shot of the Berlin Futuro? This images is tagged a being Berlin but it also has the tag "guessedberlin" and I am not sure it is the Berlin Futuro. Every image I have seen of that one shows a Futuro painted white and yet this appears to be an image on one painted yellow.

[Updated 081212] It has been confirmed that this is indeed the Berlin Futuro. While the Futuro does appear to have a slightly yellow appearance in the photo this is a function of the lighting at the time and the angle the photo was taken from and the Futuro was actually white despite the slightly different color appearing in the photo.

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ALIENS IN DA TOWN

Futuro - Scarecrow

"aliens in da town" by POSITiv | Date 051707 | Location Berlin



Ever wondered how scarecrows get to where they are at? Ever wondered about those "crop circles"? Maybe the two go hand in hand!

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BACK TO THE FUTURO

BaCk To The Futuro - Futuro & DeLorean

"Back To The Futuro" by Jeremy Popp on DMCTalk.org | Date Unknown | Location Carlisle



Ok so the intended pun in naming this fantastic photograph is a little lame; give me a break - I never said I was a great writer or particularly creative. There is something of a parallel between the DeLorean and the Futuro; both could be said to be "futuristic" at the time they came out [and arguably still so today] and both ultimately failed in the "mass" commercial sense but subsequently achieved something akin to "cult" status. I often find the "green eyed monster" stalking me when thinking Futuro and Jeremy Popp and his Delorean seem to give rise to a similar feeling. Seems like the Futuro and the DeLorean just go together like "peas in a pod".

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BARBIE ÄLSKAR SVERIGE

Futuro, Orebro, Sweden - From The Book Barbie alskar Sverige - Posted To Twitter By fleursblog

"Barbie älskar Sverige" by fleursblog | Date Unknown | Location Örebro



This photo was posted to Instagram by fleursblog and is described as being from the book:

"... Barbie älskar Sverige. The spaceship is Matti Suuronen's portable "cottage" Futuro, designed in 1968, situated in countryside Sweden."

The book is described on the website bokus.com in this way [Google Translation of Swedish text]:

"Barbie loves Sweden is a hitherto unwritten part of the Swedish pop culture history but also a delicious roadtrip image that celebrates Barbie and the timeless Sweden, 50s and 60s modernism. The authors take Barbie to the tracks of yesterday, the architecture that kept and places that have remained untouched. For camera angles showing Barbie in her Swedish 60s."

The location of the shot is not identified other than the "countryside"; that said it is almost certainly shot in Örebro based on the color of the Futuro, appearance of the main roof vent and the fact that other then the Swedish Air Force units there are no other known Futuro in Sweden.

All in all it makes for a rather unusual Futuro photo.

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FUTURO & SMART IN MAEBASHI

Futuro - Smart Car - Maebashi

"FUTURO & SMART in Maebashi" by Maniackers Design | Date 050509 | Location Maebashi



A meeting of late 20th century innovation and early 21st century innovation. So far the Smart Car seems to have been more successful than the Futuro - certainly in numbers though perhaps not yet in "cult" status. Going on what I saw on my last two visits to Europe they are everywhere and here in the US they are starting to show up more and more. Interestingly it was the high price of gas that was largely to blame for the fate of the Futuro and it seems likely that the high price of gas is at least in part responsible for the success of the Smart car.

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LOST SOUL

Futuro - Lost Soul - Royce City

"Lost Soul" by The Grumpy Old Limey | Date 091411 | Location Royse City



The Royse City Futuro is not the best maintained example; it is abandoned and uncared for or at least that is how it appears. For the most part I am not a lover of graffiti but in this case it seems the "artist" was extremely descriptive. Perhaps the Futuro will be "found" one day.

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MAY THE FUTURO BE WITH YOU

Saint-Ouen Futuro - Entrance Detail & Yoda - retroamerican_store On Instagram

"May The Futuro Be With You" by retroamerican_store | Date 061116 | Location Saint-Ouen



Even the awesome Yoda could not resist getting a snap in front of a Futuro!

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PERSPECTIVE

Saint-Ouen Futuro - Perspective - retroamerican_store On Instagram

"Perspective" by retroamerican_store | Date 112016 | Location Saint-Ouen



Interesting "perspective" on three objects, a toy car, Spiderman and the Saint-Ouen Futuro!

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REFLECTIONS

Reflections - WeeGee Futuro

"Reflections" by lwsdm | CC 2.0 | Date 061212 | Location Espoo



lwsdm took a great set of photos of Futuro 001 now on display at the WeeGee Exhibition Center, Espoo, Finland. I particularly like this image which shows the Futuro only indirectly as a reflection in the exhibition center windows. One of my favorite Futuro shots.

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ROCKET SHIP / ROCKET CAR

Futuro & Futuristic

"Rocket Ship / Rocket Car" by Forgotten Fiberglass | Date 091211 | Location Livingston



A meeting of the "futuristic" and the "futuristic"; both fiberglass creations and both "uber" cool. I have no idea exactly what the car is, when I have the time I will explore Forgotten Fiberglass some; I am sure that information will be on there somewhere. As for the Futuro, though it is not stated, what I can see of the location and the color/condition of the Futuro suggests this is the Livingston Futuro.

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SO NOW WE KNOW

What? Aliens have fur, four legs and a tail!

"So Now We Know" by RoadsideArchitecture.com | Date 050312 | Location Livingston



Traditionally the proverbial "they" have mostly referred to aliens as "little green men". Clearly that is not the case; they have fur, four legs and a tail. I always figured that there was more to dogs than met the eye, they are too darn clever - perhaps all the time we spend training them is just a con and it is really them training us using reverse psychology. Seriously though this photo by Debra Jane Seltzer of her "kids" at the Livingston Futuro is a great shot. Debra runs the website http://www.RoadsideArchitecture.com which is a treasure trove of images from all across the USA - check it out. Debra also blogs about her experiences on the road trips she takes to collect her photographs; this photo is from one of her blog posts here.

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SO THIS IS HOW YOU MOVE THEM!

Futuro - SUV Anyone?

"So This Is How You Move Them" by Forgotten Fiberglass | Date 010312 | Location Media



OK - so this one is a little "Tongue in Cheek"; obviously photo shopped but a fun photo nonetheless. I have never had to move a Futuro [though i would love to have the time and money to buy, relocate and restore one] but I am sure those that have would have loved it if it were this easy. Check out the Forgotten Fiberglass for details on the purchase and upcoming relocation and restoration of the Media Futuro.

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SPHERE

Sphere - WeeGee Futuro

"Sphere" by Christophe Brutel | Date 090212 | Location Espoo



Christophe Brutel took an awesome set of photos of Futuro 001 now on display at the WeeGee Exhibition Center, Espoo, Finland. Several use a filter to create a "spherical" appearance to the image and this particular image has become one of my favorite Futuro shots.

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SUNRISE/SUNSET

Futuro, Kauhava, Finland - Loviisa Honkola

"Sunrise/Sunset" by Loviisa Honkola | Date 021516 | Location Kauhava



I really enjoy a good sunset [or sunrise] and so this photo combines that along with my love of all things Futuro. No way to tell if this is a sunrise or sunset shot; in the end it really does not matter as it is a highly enjoyable photo either way.

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Futuro - Church - Location Unknown

"The Church" sent to me by Achim Breiling. Thank you. | Date Unknown | Location Unknown



[Edit] Image source now identified. This great photo was taken by Roy DiTosti. This and other examples of Roy's very accomplished photography can be found at Roy DiTosti Photography. Roy tells me the photo was taken in Atlantic City, NJ around 1976.

The Futuro has seen many uses over the course of the last half century or from banks to offices to homes; but how about a church? I have no idea where this photo was taken or if it actually was used as a church; who knows but it certainly seems possible. It is also worth noting that this is one of the few examples with what appears to have about half the number of windows than a typical Futuro. The history of the Willingboro Futuro seems relatively well defined so it is possible that this is an image from the past of the Covington Futuro for which I have less history and which also features this configuration of windows.

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Futuro - Ice Cream Anyone?

"Twistee Treat & spaceship in the snow" by yooperann | Date 123009 | Location Livingston



So the Futuro started out life with the plan to be an easily portable ski-cabin. It was manufactured to retain heat and be comfortable in cold climates. It must have worked! Perhaps it worked too well? And if you got too hot snuggled up in your Futuro with the snow all around then maybe an ice cream was just the ticket. At the Livingston Futuro you would not have to go far.

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