Sunday, 23 May 2010

Futuro

Futuro is a flying-saucer shaped house made of fibreglass-reinforced polyster plastic, which was designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, and which was first produced in 1968.

Futuro houses are based on what Suuronen called "pure mathematics": they are spheroids, with the key ratios represented by π. The first Futuro house was developed as a ski cabin for a school friend of the architect; the brief was that it had to be "quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain." Futuros can be heated to room temperature in 30 minutes, even in cold climates, and they consist of 16 elements which are bolted together. The houses could be dismantled and reassembled in two days, and helicopters were used to transport pre-assembled ones to remote locations.

Futuro was shown at the Finnfocus export fair in London in October 1968, and shortly afterwards the design gained worldwide prominence and the popularity of Futuro soared, with units being exported worldwide for both personal and commercial use. They were manufactured in Finland by a company called Polykem Ltd., which specialised in neon lighting and plastic domes.

The information and the pictures in this post are all from the book Futuro edited by Marko Home and Mika Taanila (Desura Oy Ltd, Helsinki, 2002; ISBN: 952-5339-13-0):

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Inside, with the central fireplace/grill:

"First came the egg, then came the egg-cup," Suuronen said.





The book also has details of other futuristic plastic homes, like Venturo:

And the 'House of the Future' built by the Monsanto Company in 1957:

As well has having lots more imagery, and a lot of text in both English and Finnish about all aspects of Futuro, the book comes with a DVD with some original footage from the 60s.

These are some stills from the DVD:

This was never built:



All images and information in the post are from Futuro edited by Marko Home and Mika Taanila (Desura Oy Ltd, Helsinki, 2002; ISBN: 952-5339-13-0).