TheFuturoHouse.com | Latest Site News & Updates
- Location | Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand (No longer at this location)
- Lat/Long | 43°30'29.42"S 172°43'5.30"E (No longer at this location)
- Current Location | 12A Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood 8051, New Zealand
- Current Lat/Long | 43°31'51.81"S 172°37'24.86"E
- Image By ShiraleesS | 012407
- Google Earth | January 011307
- Latest Confirmation | 012407
Information Update History
Original Information 032517
This rather nice black and white photo of this Futuro during its short stay at Botanic Gardens came up in a search we ran recently. The photo is on Pinterest
but it originates from a Flickr post by Well Finished Photography
(though the Flickr account, or at least the photo, appears to have gone now).
Original Information 102916
We recently came across this video, titled UFO Capture
, that was posted to Vimeo by Robert Hood. The description for the video is "Futuro house, 2007, Christchurch, NZ" and it shows the Futuro loaded onto a truck; given the 2007 date this would be at the time the Futuro was being removed from the Botanic Gardens.
The video appears to be footage from a static camera, perhaps a security camera. The truck at first glance appears different to that seen in these photos
which show the Futuro loaded and ready to leave the Botanic Gardens. That said we have always thought the "flat bed" seen in those photos was a little unusual in that appears to be one that can be raised and lowered and this video seems to confirm that idea; other than the height it does look to be the same.
Perhaps the design of the "flat bed" is such that it could be driven under a load in the lowered position and then raised for transport. This video footage appears to me to show the "flat bed" located under the Futuro prior to raising it. Presumably this avoids the need for a crane to load the Futuro ready for transport.
Original Information 041914
It appears that this Futuro made a stop at Cathedral Square, Christchurch to be a part of an Animation Festival prior to its arrival at its current location in Harewood. Check out the Harewood page
for the details.
Original Information 122913
Alexander Larcombe recently sent us two great photos of this Futuro taken 032007 while it was at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. They are displayed here with Alexander's permission - thanks Alexander.
Original Information 081212
Original Information 080912
King House Removals
have kindly given us permission to display two very cool photos of the Futuro loaded up and ready for road transport from Christchurch to Harewood.
Original Information 100411
This Futuro was on exhibition at the Botanic Garden
, New Zealand
during the summer of 2006/2007. Some reports suggest the exhibition ran Dec 2006 to Feb 2007 but the exact dates are unclear; the Futuro was on site at least through March 17th per a James Blackman
As luck would have it we were able to identify the precise location the Futuro occupied even though it was there for just a few months; Google Earth contains imagery dated 011307 which clearly shows the Futuro on site.
The Futuro was transported by King House Removals
who display a couple of cool images of the Futuro on a truck on their website. It is unclear whether the images are from the transport to or from the Botanic Garden though it would be reasonable to assume the same company transported the Futuro using the same method on both occasions.
We have been unable to establish where the Futuro was located prior to its time at the Botanic Garden but when it was removed at the end of the exhibition it was transported to 12A Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood 8051, New Zealand
To date it remains at that location, the Christchurch Yard of King House Removals
where, as reported in a comment on the blog Christchurch Modern
, it remains in storage.
This view of the interior by Velvet Android
is displayed here under CC 2.0
license; the photo is dated 032507.
The King House Removals
website has a couple of images of the Futuro on a truck for transport either to or from the Christchurch Botanic Garden - images 9 and 9.1 in the gallery (it is unclear whether the images relate to transport prior to or after the period the Futuro was on exhibition at the Botanic Garden).
Additional images can be found by following these links: