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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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         UPDATED 051119 | ADDED 072918 | BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
R706, Bloemfontein, South Africa [Approximate] | 29°13'14.71"S 26°6'21.06"E
Featured Image Courtesy Of Jan Slazus | Image Date 050419
 
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 101418
Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Jan Slazus - 050419  
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Update 051119

I received the photos below attached to an email from Jan Slazus 050919 [Thanks Jan!]. The photos were taken 050419 and are the first I have ever seen of this Futuro. The fourth image below shows the actual location from which Jan shot the photos.

The last two photos are examples of other more common structures found in the area; until now while I had concluded the structure visible in Google Earth was a Futuro there was still a chance it was not and could have been something similar to one of these other structures. Now of course there is no doubt. A little more information can be found at right.

Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Jan Slazus - 050419 - 1

Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Jan Slazus - 050419 - 2

Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Jan Slazus - 050419 - 3

Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Jan Slazus - 050419 - Photo Shoot Locations

Dome House Examples - Jan Slazus - 050419 - 1  Dome House Examples - Jan Slazus - 050419 - 2



Original Information 072918

I have not found any photographs of this Futuro; the best I have so far is the screen capture above from Google Earth. If you have or are aware of any photographs please let me know; you can contact me by using this sites Contact Form or by email directly.
 
Update 051119

When this Futuro was added to this site back in July 2018 while I was reasonably confident the structure visible in Google Earth was a Futuro I could not be absolutely sure. That doubt is now well and truly "laid to rest". Jan Slazus visited the area 050419 and not only confirmed the structure was indeed a Futuro but also captured some great photos of the unit. The photos can be found at left.

Jan also sent a couple of shots of other structures found in the area; until now there was still the possibility that what was visible in Google Earth was a similar structure and not a Futuro.

In his email Jan noted that the unit, perhaps not surprisingly, appears quite similar to the one located at one time in Post Alfred, South Africa [now of course owned by Craig Barnes and located in the UK]. The roof vents and every other window having a rectangular insert with the ability to "open" are among the "commonalities".

It even appears the color may have been the same or at least similar at one time; a previous, light blue/teal, color can be seen where the current paint has faded/weathered away in the photos at left.

There is also one notable difference; the Port Alfred Futuro had a single pair of "lower viewing windows" [see this photo] whereas this unit features the more common set of four.

My thanks to Jan for taking the time to visit and for sharing his information and photos!



Original Information 072918

I received an email recently from Leon Reynolds in which he told me of a Futuro off R706 about 10 miles or so south west of Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Futuro is visible in Google Maps and Google Earth and is located at 29°13'14.71"S 26°6'21.06"E.

I had never heard of a Futuro at this location before and I have seen no photos. In the past I have resisted adding a Futuro to the "confirmed" list on the basis of Google Maps and/or Google Earth and a "report" without photographic evidence as I have had many such reports which actually turned out not to be Futuros. Satellite imagery is often unclear and while it can be suggestive of a Futuro it is not usually conclusive. In this case however I do believe that this is indeed a Futuro for two primary reason:
  • There is satellite imagery in Google Earth from multiple dates and in some cases the angle of the satellite view makes it possible to get a good sense of the 3-D shape of the object based on the visible shadows and everything matches a Futuro.
  • In the image below the Google Earth measurement tool is used to determine the size of the object. This is not exact and at the level of zoom on the imagery it is a little "fuzzy" but the clear indication is an object of the correct size for a Futuro. In addition the 8 segments [and central vent] we would expect to see in a Futuro are clearly visible.
Futuro, Bloemfontein, South Africa - Google Earth Capture 021618 - Measurement

The Futuro is not at this location in satellite imagery dated 051702 but it is there in the next available imagery in Google Earth dated 082410 so it was presumably relocated from a previous location sometime between those two dates.

Leon - thanks for the information! If anyone is able to provide more information [or a photo] I can be contacted via this sites Contact Form or by email directly.


Latest Confirmed Date

Email from Jan Slazus with photos taken 050419.

Sources & Reference
  • Leon Reynolds
  • Jan Slazus

Got new, updated or corrected information or an image I could use?

I am always looking for additional information, history, details, images, videos; just about anything Futuro I guess - if you would like to contribute please use the Contact Form or email me directly.

As far as images go I am particularly interested in those that are either significantly better than the ones already on this page or show a different aspect or detail. If you own an image meeting one or both of those criteria I would love to be able to use it on this page but I will simply provide a link if that is your preference. Where permission is granted to use an image on the page appropriate attribution will be provided by means of a link to the original image, a link to a website of your choosing or both.
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