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. | Latest Site News & Updates

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This Futuro | Dickson Unit's Current Location | Canberra University

Location Information

Futuro, Dickson - Celeste33 - 050706

Info, History, Photos

Information Update History

Original Information 091312

A 090712 blog post titled "Beam me up, UC" by Tim The Yowie Man on 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 we 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" please let us know.

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 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 we 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 gallery of photographs of the building. The first two photos below are from that gallery and displayed courtesy of The Shopping Sherpa. The third photo below is courtesy of The Riot Act.

The Shopping Sherpa Dickson 1

The Shopping Sherpa Dickson 2

TheRiotAct Dickson 1

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Google Earth satellite imagery dated 120609.

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