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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         No longer at this location - moved to Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand | Moved 2006
         And then moved again - was located at Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand | Moved 2007
         And then moved again - now located at 12A Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood 8051, New Zealand | Moved 2007
6 Fordingbridge Ln, Bexley, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand | 43°30'29.42"S 172°43'5.30"E
Google Earth Screenshot | Satellite Imagery Date 021006
Futuro, Fordingbridge Lane, Christchurch, New Zealand

Please Note:

The featured image displayed above is of a deliberately low quality and is a photo taken of my copy of "Futuro - Tomorrow's House From Yesterday". My intention is to give an idea of what was portrayed in the book and not to provide a copyright infringing image to be copied and reproduced elsewhere so please respect the author's rights and if you would like to use the book's content purchase your own copy. Thanks!
Futuro, Fordingbridge Lane, Christchurch, New Zealand - G/Earth Still On Site

The screenshot above is taken from Google Earth and is from satellite imagery dating from 021006. The Futuro is clearly seen on site at this time. In the screenshot below we see that the Futuro is no longer on site based on imagery dated 030309. Satellite imagery of the Botanic Gardens location shows it had moved there by 011307 setting the window for this move at between 021006 and 011307.

Futuro, Fordingbridge Lane, Christchurch, New Zealand - G/Earth No Longer On Site
Additional Images
Notes, History & Resources
Update 010513

Finally came across a photo of this Futuro during its time at Fordingbridge Lane. The photo is by Waltraud Maassen and is displayed with permission. The photo is from some time in the early 90's; Waltraud tells me that she walked past the Futuro regularly for many years until she finally snapped this great shot. She only saw [presumably] the owner once but the lady did not appear to be in the mood for talking.

Futuro, Fordingbridge Lane, Christchurch, New Zealand - Walgert

As we know the Futuro was moved to Christchurch Botanic Gardens in 2006 and then to 12A Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood in 2007. The photo below, taken 012207, is courtesy of Michael Chmilar and shows the Futuro at the Botanic Gardens; it clearly shows that this was one and the same Futuro. In particular the blocked off window is something of a unique identifier.

Futuro, Christchurch - Compare Fordingbridge & Botanic Gardens

Original Images 081212 [Or More Accurately Original lack Of Images]

If you have or are aware of any photos of the Futuro when it was on site on Fordingbridge Lane please let me know.
Updated 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 081212

Other than the fact that the woman in the photo top left was the mother of the Futuro's then owner and that after her passing the Futuro was sold and moved first to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in 2006 and then to 12A Mcleans Island Rd, Harewood in 2007 I know absolutely nothing about this Futuro so if you have any information or photographs I would love to hear from you.

Sources & Reference

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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