The Futuro House

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.





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Peter S - Deep Creek Futuro - 122617



Info, History, Photos


Update 090218

Between November 2017 and March 2018 Peter S travelled thousands of miles and visited this Futuro as well as those in Canberra, Cheltenham, High Wycombe and South Morang. He visited this Futuro on 122617 and the photos below document the appearance and condition of the Futuro's exterior and interior at that time. Thanks for sharing Peter.

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Update 090217

Scott McCarten, who runs the Urban Exploration blog Autopsy Of Adelaide recently had the opportunity to visit and photograph this Futuro. These photos, published on Scott's blog 082917, provide a great look at the Futuro's interior. They are shared here with Scott's permission; thanks Scott.

Interesting to note from Scott's blog post that the Futuro is currently undergoing refurbishment and restoration as part of the development of a nature retreat on the property by owner Joe Emanuele.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - Scott Mccarten - 1

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Update 051416

These two photos, by MaxPritchardGunner Architects, show this Futuro as it appeared on 040716. The second photo provides the first interior view we have seen of this Futuro and, though the view is limited, it looks like the interior is as well maintained as the exterior. MaxPritchardGunner Architects original photos were posted to Instagram and can be found here and here.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - 040716 - By MaxPritchardGunner Architects - 1

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Update 030516

Sharon P. sent us the photo below (thanks Sharon) which shows this Futuro on Melbourne Street in Adelaide, South Australia in the early 1970's. This is the only photo we have seen of this Futuro at its original location.

We are not sure where the photo originated, possibly on adelaidenow.com.au but that is a subscription site and we do not have a subscription, so if anyone can point us in the direction of the "owner" of this photo we would appreciate it so that we can provide proper attribution for its use here.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia When On Melbourne Street Adelaide 1970's

Update 011015

The photo below is courtesy of P. Johnson Tailors (Melbourne & Sydney); it is probably the most interesting photograph we have seen of this Futuro; almost "other worldly" in appearance. It was posted to Instagram by (pjohnsontailors) back in July 2013.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By P. Johnson Tailors

Update 100713

The two close up photos below were captured by birdsrule on 090513 and are shown here with permission.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By birdsrule 1

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia By birdsrule 2

Update 082413

This Futuro made an appearance in a local newspaper The Advertiser on 050613. The article, seen below, included a nice photo of the Futuro in its current location as well as a smaller inset photo we had not seen before of the unit in its previous location in Adelaide.

We also read in the article that in 1997 the Futuro and the rugged coastal land upon which it sits (12 hectares or approximately 30 acres) was put up for sale for $135,000; the article does not indicate if a sale actually took place.

Our thanks to Scott Hedges for sending us the information and the shot of the newspaper article.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - The Advertiser 050613

Update 061613

These four photos were taken by Choppy123 and accompanied an 061113 blog posting titled "Futuro House (UFO House) here in Adelaide." The photos are shown here with permission - thanks Choppy123.

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Update 101312

In a couple of June 2012 posts on the WeeGee Futuro Facebook Page Marcus Brownlow recounts a litle of the history of this Futuro.

Marcus tells us that the Futuro was owned by a man called Derek Jolly. By all accounts Derek Jolly, a local entrepreneur, was a "larger than life" character. Jolley's Futuro "landed" on Melbourne Street in Adelaide in the early 1970's and apparently caused something of a stir among local residents who felt it did not fit with the character of the area.

The Futuro was located on a vacant piece of land on Melbourne Street until the land was purchased for the construction of an apartment building. As a result the Futuro was then relocated to Provost Street in Adelaide.

This photograph is from the North Adelaide Society Inc Photographic Survey and shows the Futuro as it looked in 1976 on Provost St. The photograph was taken as part of a photographic survey conducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s by members of the society keen to keep a photographic record of every property in North Adelaide at the time. It is displayed here with the permission of the North Adelaide Society.

Futuro - Adelaide - Provost Street

Sometime later the Futuro was moved around 100 km south to it's present location.

In 2005 Annabelle Collett (dead link - pdf here) was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council to create a memorial plaque to commemorate Derek Jolly. This photograph of the plaque is by superdiscobrakes and was taken 071108.

Derek Jolly Memorial Plaque

Marcus Brownlow tells us that the images on the plaque represent Derek's Jolly's passions; car racing, photography, music, fine wine and, in the center, his Futuro.

The same history, though in less detail, is also recounted in an 031810 blog post on the 891 ABC Adelaide website.

On another note these four photos were taken by liam.jon_d on 082711 (which is now the latest confirmed date for this Futuro). We particularly like the first one which is crystal clear and shows the Futuro in great detail.

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 1

Futuro, Deep Creek, Australia - liam.jon_d 2

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Original Information 062312

While searching for Futuro House information the other day we stumbled upon a blog by ATTS on the site TravelBlog the other day. The blog is an interesting account of walking the Heysen Trail (Get this! A 1200 km Walking Trail) in South Australia; ATTS is braver and more adventurous than we are.

Anyway on the blog was an image of a Futuro (new to us) seen along the way. Some work in Google Earth and Google Maps confirmed the Futuro as being on site as at 012310.

We have not been able to find any other information about this Futuro so if you know anything or have images we could use please do let us know.

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Latest Confirmation

Deep Creek - Latest Confirmation - 060919 - naikoretreatThis photograph by naikoretreat taken 060919.

The original photograph can be seen on Instagram here.

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