The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this site is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.
More accurately called Futuro Houses these 20th Century prefabricated homes are often referred to as "UFO Houses". We first came across the Futuro House around July 2011 right after we had started the architecture blog "Strange, Weird, Wonderful & Cool Buildings" and the Futuro House located in Royse City, TX, USA became the subject of one of our early posts (Image top left by Runder)
As time passed we became more and more immersed in researching the Futuro House both from a historical and a current perspective. The early blog post grew into "The Futuro House Project" which was still in theory a "post" on the blog though it grew far beyond a simple "post" and the blog itself really stopped growing as all of our spare time went into our new interest (perhaps some might say obsession) and eventually we transitioned "The Futuro House Project" to its own domain TheFuturoHouse.com.
This site has since become the most complete resource for information about the Futuro House anywhere with history, both general and specific to individual units, a large collection of memorabilia, books, magazines, newspaper articles and multiple document archives (here and here) relating to the Futuro, a constantly updated listing of all current known locations and a Google Map of those locations worldwide. We have also been fortunate enough to be able to visit several Futuros in the US, Finland and Germany (11 to date) and hope to visit more in the future. Think IFHDB (Internet Futuro House Database) the Futuro equivalent of the IMDB!
We strive for accuracy at all times but things do change as Futuros change hands and move from time to time and the history, much of it from long before the internet access to "any information any time" we are used to now became the norm, can be unclear, confusing and conflicting at times so sometimes inaccuracies do creep in. If you know of anything on these pages that is inaccurate or can add anything new please let us know. We can be contacted through this site's Contact Form or directly by email.
Many websites and other media report the presence of Futuro Houses in Antarctica. Indeed when we first started out on our "Futuro Journey" we were of the same opinion and we added pages to this website for each of these units. However research later confirmed that the units in the Antarctic region are not Futuros; they are in fact "Googie Huts". For the record we have retained this content on the site even though the units are not Futuro Houses; more information on "Googie Huts" and the rationale for our decision not to clasify these structures as Futuro Houses can be found on here.
Futuro #001 is a part of the collection of the WeeGee Exhibition Center located in Espoo, Finland. The Futuro is open to public each year through the summer months. The 2019 season will run from 051419 through 091519. We visited WeeGee in 2014 and we can tell you that if you do have the opportunity to visit it is well worthwhile; the Futuro is perfectly restored and the staff are extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Futuro House.
Futuro World Exhibition 051518-TBD
In the summer of 2015 the WeeGee Exhibition Center launched an exhibition titled "Futuro World"; it ran from 061615 through 013116. The exhibition was located in "Studio Suuronen" (the old museum shop space - renamed - located in the lobby of the WeeGee Exhibition Center). At the time the WeeGee Exhibition Center website described the exhibition in this way:
"Studio Suuronen will feature the Futuro World exhibition, which showcases the Futuro house, completed in 1968, and its distribution across the globe by means of photographs, captions and map graphics. The exhibition will feature photos of almost 50 Futuro houses from various corners of the world. In addition, there will be some interior photos illustrating their different decoration styles."
As a part of the 2018 celebrations and events marking the 50th Anniversary of the Futuro the exhibition was relaunched as "Futuro World 50 Years" and was scheduled to run 051518 through 123118. However the exhibition did not end on the due date and its current "end date" is unknown.
A Flying Saucer In Town 060217-TBD
Following an official opening 060117 the Futuro previously located in Witten, Germany was on display and open to the public at "Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum" (The New Collection - The Design Museum), one of four state-owned houses belonging to Munich'sPinakothek der Moderne. Initial indications were that the Futuro would remain on display through 060318 but it has remained there much longer and currently the "end date", should there still be a plan to remove the Futuro at some point, is unknown.
Futuro Film Steaming 050719-052919
The 1998 documentary film "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow" directed by Mika Taanila and researched, written and edited by Taanila and Marko Home tells the "Futuro story" up to the point in time the film was produced and it features great footage of Futuros and interviews with several Futuro "celebrities" including, among others, Matti Suuronen [architect and Futuro designer], Matti Kuusla [owner of Futuro 001], Ensio Söderström [CEO of Polykem Oy] and Charles Wilp [artist & Futuro owner].
The Finnish Broadcasting Company [YLE] broadcast the film four times between 1998 and 2000 and recently ran the film five days in a row starting 050219. They have also added the film to their website and it can be viewed/streamed until 052919. While the film will not have subtitles and is mostly in Finnish there are also some parts with English dialogue. That said if you have never seen the film this is a great opportunity to do so; even if you miss much of the dialogue some of the archival footage is well worth a look so take the chance while it is available!
In celebration of Futuro 50th birthday multiple locations around Darwin, Australia will feature lightboxes with Futuro art works and photos. offtheleash.net.au describes the event this way:
"2018 marks 50 years since the Futuro was designed. Architect Peter Dermoudy brought one to Darwin and lived inside it in 1970s. Curated by Koulla Roussos, the lightbox exhibition is across The Mall, Chinatown and Nightcliff Pool with new works by Polly Johnstone, Fernanda Dupal, Tarzan JungleQueen, Matthew van Roden and Gloria Richards."
A Facebook page with a little more information for the event can be found here.
Midnight Modern Series IV 013118-030318
Photographer Tom Blachford's ongoing photographic series "Midnight Modern" is described as being "an ongoing series and exploration into the interplay between Architecture, Moonlight, Mountains and the tension of an unspoken narrative". I do not pretend to "get" art and I have no clue how to interpret the phrase "tension of an unspoken narrative" in the context of the photos but I will say this - the photo of the Idyllwild Futuro included in Series IV of "Midnight Modern" is absolutely one of my favorite all time Futuro photos.
At the time of writing through 030318 "Midnight Modern Series IV" is on display in Sydney, Australia at the Michael Reid gallery. The Futuro photo is available for purchase at $3500 unframed and $4700 framed, a little "rich for my blood" despite the fact that I do love the photo.
"In the middle of the winter, in the middle of the week, in the middle of Munich we invite everyone to the FUTURO to Finnish dance music and Glögi - the Finnish version of the Glühwein! (Mulled Wine)"
The Finnish Crazy Games 092317-092417
Sydney artist and arts worker Daniel Soma has created a Futuro related art installation for The Finnish Crazy Games (092317-092417) at the Embassy of Finland to Australia as part of the celebration of the centenary of Finnish independence.
The installation reprises Daniel's 2016 case study and exhibition, FUTURO!, that took place at the Interlude Gallery, Sydney, Australia between 041416 and 042316.
Ellipsoid Episode 081917-092417
The 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX is currently hosting a show titled "A Hard Place". One of the features of the show is a video entitled "Ellipsoid Episode" by Julia Zinnbauer.
Despite the fact that I actually live in Dallas I only heard about this today and with the show ending tomorrow I might have missed the chance to see it.
On the first Wednesday of every month "Futuro 22" is open for public tours. The Futuro is located on third floor terrace of the University of the Arts London's Central St Martins' building. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Man About The Futuro House 061517
For the last several years Australian performers Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst have taken temporary possession of Architecturally significant buildings to present a show that skillfully blends storytelling, music and design. On June 15th they will present their show, "Man About The Futuro House", in Craig Barnes "Futuro 22". Tickets can be purchased here.
The Spirit Of The Space Age 061217
On Monday June 12th Craig Barnes will discuss how he bought and renovated "Futuro 22". The talk is hosted by the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution. It is unclear, at least to us, whether the talk will be actually in the Futuro or in Bath at the institution but either way we are sure it will be a very interesting event.
The E-Bay listing ended with a sale price of £37.00.
Original Information 020417
As of 020217 an E-Bay listing offers a private tour of "Futuro 22" for up to 6 people. Proceeds from the auction benefit Sluice, a not for profit arts organization. The tour must be taken by September 2017. The E-Bay listing ends 021217.
Older Events Have Been Archived
In order to reduce the size of this page older events have been removed. If you are doing any research and are looking for information regarding past events feel free to contact us; if we are able to assist we will nbe happy to do so
We are unsure if this Futuro is actually still on the market as the link to the listing on Architecture De Collection is no longer functional. More detailed information about this Futuro and the sale listing can be found on the Saint-Ouen page.
These Futuro Houses have come to market and sold over the years this website has been in operation.
New Jersey, USA
Price: SEK 500,000
Sale By Owner
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Futuro Houses Wanted
We currently have a list of people around the world that are interested in purchasing a Futuro House.
If you own a Futuro and might be interested in selling we may be able to assist in putting you in touch with the potential buyers. If you are aware of a Futuro for sale that is not listed here please let us know. You can contact us using our Contact Form or directly by email.
Original Polykem Molds For Sale
We have been informed that the original Finnish Futuro House molds now available for purchase! The asking price is $150,000 ex works in Finland. The molds are being offered for sale by the current owner Mr. Jyrki Aho who can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Futuro houses manufactured with the original Finnish molds are also being offered; presumably only until such time as the molds are sold. Delivery timeline would be negotiated upon confirming an order and prices start around $200,000 ex works in Finland. If you are interested pleasecontact Mr. Jyrki Aho at email@example.com
DISCLAIMER: The FuturoHouse.com is neither the owner nor the seller of these moulds or of Futuro Houses manufactured using these moulds and makes no representations to that effect. While there are clear photographs which give an idea of the condition of the moulds we are talking a significant amount of money here so, if you are interested, contact Jyrki and do your own due diligence in terms of authenticity, completeness and condition.
Futuro Items For Sale
We have aquired a large collection of Futuro related items and memorabilia over the years and one way and another we have managed to end up with a few duplicate items. If you are interested in purchasing any of these please feel free to contact us with an offer. Currently available items are listed below and more details can be found by clicking the link for the item you are interested in.