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 091312 | ADDED 090711 | CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA | HOME

         No longer at this location - now located on the University Of Canberra Campus - Moved 2011
8 Hawdon Street, Dickson, ACT, 2602, Australia | 35°14'59.29"S 149°8'45.10"E
Featured Image By Celeste33 | CC 2.0 | Image Date 050706
Google Maps | Satellite Imagery Date 022908
Futuro, Dickson, Canberra ACT, Australia  
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Futuro, Dickson, Canberra ACT, Australia - Alt 1

Source: The Shopping Sherpa | CC 2.0 | Image Date 090908

Futuro, Dickson, Canberra ACT, Australia - Alt 2

Source: The Shopping Sherpa | CC 2.0 | Image Date 090908

Futuro, Dickson, Canberra ACT, Australia - Alt 3

Source: The Riot Act | CC 3.0 | Image Date 092710
Update 091312

An 090712 blog post titled "Beam me up, UC" by Tim The Yowie Man on canberratimes.com.au relates some of the history of this Futuro based on research conducted by UC student Erika Ceeney.

Erica's research places the Futuro initially at the Building Materials Exhibition Center in Maryborough Street, Fyshwick around 1972. It seems that the unit subsequently spent time on a private farm in Sutton and later moved to the Macquarie Slide Swimming Center [possibly painted red at that time]. The whereabouts of the unit between 1991 and its arrival on this site in 1997 are currently unknown.

If anyone has any photos of the Futuro pre 1991 I would love to see them and also if anyone can shed any light on the 1991 to 1997 period during which the Futuro was "MIA" that would be great.

Original Information 090711

The Dickson Futuro served as a meeting room for the Canberra Planetarium up until its 2007 closure. In 2011 the Futuro was moved to the University Of Canberra Campus where it is being restored.

In September 2010 the Futuro had a lucky escape. An article on TheRiotAct.com September 28th reports on a fire at the "derelict" planetarium buildings. Apparently some parts of the property were badly damaged. Clearly the Futuro was not destroyed or there would be nothing to restore at the university but I have been unable to find any reporting that details whether the Futuro received any damage or not.

The Shopping Sherpa blogged about the Dickson Futuro and also made available under a creative commons license a very nice gallery of photographs of the building [a couple of which can be seen to the left].

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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