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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About "Things Futuro" | TheFuturoHouse.com Collection

Our interest in the Futuro House quickly became our passion for the Futuro House and eventually, perhaps some might say, our obsession with the Futuro House. We collect books, magazines, collectibles and other items that relate to the Futuro House in some way. As is the case with all collections it started off relatively small with easy to obtain pieces but over time it has become quite extensive and worthy of "Futuro Nuts".

The collection contains all manner of items from unique original pieces from the early days of Futuro through contemporary mass-produced items and everything in between. The collection currently comprises a little under 450 physical items plus various "digital" items (in particular digital copies of newspaper articles) and these pages are effectively the collection's "catalog".

Additional items can also be found in The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive and in several smaller collections and archives.

As is the case with most collectors we are always looking to add to this collection so if you have Futuro related items for sale or know of any Futuro items for sale please let us know.

A Few Notes Relating To This Collection
  • Out Of Date Item Descriptions: Item descriptions were accurate at the time collection items were acquired but may have become outdated since. In the event that information pertaining to an item has changed following the reference links in item descriptions will take you to pages where that updated information can be found.
  • Translation: There are a number of items in this collection in languages other than English. While Google Translate can be a valuable tool it is never as good as a true translation by a bi-lingual person. Such items will display a "Translate" icon. If you are able and would be willing to translate an item please click the "Translate" icon for that item to send an email requesting high res files for the purposes of translation. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. You would receive full attribution for the translation along with a link to your own website (or other website of your choosing) and you would also have the satisfaction of knowing your are contributing to the Futuro knowledge store here on this website.
  • Copyright: These pages contain photographs of various books, magazines and other items in this collection. Many of these items, and certainly the majority of the books and magazines are subject to copyright and the images are deliberately of a fairly low resolution and are used here simply to catalogue this collection and to provide you with a glimpse of what you would be getting if you chose to follow a similar path to us and purchase any of these items for yourself. If you wish to display any of this subject matter on your own website or otherwise use it please respect the publishers copyright and purchase your own copy.
  • Amazon Links: These pages are not aimed at advertising and we are not trying to sell you anything. However, there are expenses with keeping up a website such as this and we spend a great deal of time researching and trying to maintain this site as the most up to date and complete Futuro House resource on the web. So if, and only if, you already intend to purchase for yourself something we have in this collection please consider using the links provided here to do so if the price is right (we strongly suggest exploring other online retailers as well before making a purchase; most of the links here are to Amazon and while their prices are almost always competitive they are not always the cheapest). Doing this will not increase your cost but it will earn us a small (and it is small) commission on the sale that will be put towards our recurring web hosting costs. You know what the proverbial "they" say - every little helps!
  • Item Loans: We have in the past loaned items to institutions for various exhibitions (details here) and, on a case by case basis, are prepared to do so again in the future. If you are interested in such a loan please contact us with details of the Institution and/or Exhibition making the inquiry, the dates the items would be required and which items you are interested in displaying.
Sections Of The Collection

Books H-L

Listed below are books (titles starting H-L) included in this collection.

Latest Update(s)/Addition(s) ***
  1. He Was There, Too: Reminiscences of a Christian Journalist | Written By Rosaline Redwood | Purchased 051114
  2. Helsingin Pitäjä 2013 | Edited By Jukka Hako | Finnish | Purchased 090916
  3. Home Delivery: Fabricating The Modern Dwelling | Written By Ken Tadashi Oshima & Rasmus Waern | Purchased 100312
  4. Homes: Today & Tomorrow | 1st Edition | Written By Ruth F. Sherwood | Purchased 112512
  5. Homes: Today & Tomorrow | 2nd Edition | Written By Ruth F. Sherwood & George Sherwood | Purchased 040816
  6. H.O.U.S.E. | Written By Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski | Purchased 092612
  7. Houses In Finland | Edited By Hephaestus Books | Purchased 021913
  8. House & Garden: Book Of Holiday & Weekend Houses | Edited By Robert Harling | Purchased 082413
  9. Im Fluss der Zeit: Geheimnisse links und rechts der Spree | Written By Carl-Peter Steinmann | Purchased 030414
  10. In Advance Of The Landing | Written By Douglas Curran | Purchased 092912
  11. In The Mountains Of Karachai-Circassia | Written By Vladimir Voina & Photographed By Alexander Markelov | Purchased 091313
  12. Industrialization In The Building Industry | Written By Barry James Sullivan | Purchased 051314
  13. *** Interieur, Exterieur: Living in Art | Written By Gerda Breuer, Markus Brüderlin & Mateo Kries | Purchased 032218
  14. International Design Yearbook | 20th Edition | Edited By Marcel Wanders | Purchased 070216
  15. Kleine landjes | Written By Jelle Brandt Corstius | Dutch | Purchased 040915
  16. Kunststoff - Material Der Stunde?! | Written By Elke Beilfuss | German | Purchased 020114
  17. Kunststoffbauten: Die Pioniere | Written By Elke Genzel & Pamela Voigt | German | Purchased 080913
  18. Les Filles De Private | Edited By Berth Milton | Purchased 122815
  19. Lightweight Building Construction | Written By Gyula Sebestyen | Purchased 082716
  20. Lost Cities (Scary Places) | Written By Natalie Lunis & Edited By Paul F. Johnston | Purchased 082016

He Was There, Too: Reminiscences ... | Purchased 051114

He Was There, Too: Reminiscences of a Christian Journalist chronicles some of Rosaline Redwood's trips to places around the world on magazine and radio assignments.

In chapter 2 "Guinea Pigs In A Flying Saucer" the author recounts some very interesting history of her Futuro House which was the original unit located in Huntsbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. After the property was sold the current owners added a second Futuro relocated from Kaikoura, New Zealand creating the "twin Futuros" now on the site. The cover of the book also features the Futuro.

He Was There, Too: Reminiscences of a Christian Journalist Cover

He Was There, Too: Reminiscences of a Christian Journalist Photo Page

  • Author: Rosaline Redwood
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Pr; 1 edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0533128102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0533128105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
Home Delivery: Fabricating The ... | Purchased 100312

Home Delivery: Fabricating The Modern Dwelling written by Ken Tadashi Oshima & Rasmus Waern is a fascinating book published in conjunction with the 072008-102008 exhibition of the same name at the New York Museum Of Modern Art.

Pages 140 to 143 feature a rather nicely illustrated article about the Futuro House. We particularly like the photo (shown below) on page 141 of Futuro #002 being loaded onto the Finnpartner for transport to London for the Finnfocus Export Fair in 1968. One of the better Futuro articles we have found.

Home Delivery Pages 142-143

Home Delivery Pages 140-141

  • Authors: Ken Tadashi Oshima & Rasmus Waern
  • Editors: Barry Bergdoll & Peter Christensen
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; First Edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870707337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870707339
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.6 x 1.1 inches
H.O.U.S.E. | Purchased 092612

H.O.U.S.E.: Homes That Are Outrageous, Unbelievable, Spectacular, and Extraordinary: 35 Designs for Fantastic Living written by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski is a humorous and somewhat irreverent look at some of the more unusual designs and ideas for houses that architects and designers have come up with over the years.

The Futuro is mentioned but only in a generic and almost childlike way and the illustration could be considered rather "cartoonish"; indeed the book may well appeal to children more so than to adults (though it is unclear to us whether it was actually intended to be children's book or not).

H.O.U.S.E. Pages 64-65

  • Authors: Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062113755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062113757
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
House & Garden's Weekend ... | Purchased 082412

House & Garden's Book of Holiday and Weekend Houses edited by Robert Harling is described in the forward to the book as "a comprehensive survey of the twentieth-century's re-discovery of the need to escape." We consider ourselves to be reasonably intelligent human beings but frankly we are not entirely sure what that even means.

In among some forty or so articles on various "holiday and weekend houses" around the world we find, on page 208, a short commentary on the Futuro House which is accompanied by a single black and white photograph.

House & Garden - Weekend & Holiday Homes | Cover

House & Garden - Weekend & Holiday Homes | Page 208

  • Editor: Robert Harling
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Conde Nast; 1St Edition edition (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090030300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900303005
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
Im Fluss der Zeit | Purchased 030414

TranslateIm Fluss der Zeit written by Carl-Peter Steinmann is sub-titled "Geheimnisse links und rechts der Spree." Google Translate suggests that in English title and sub-title are "In the flow of time: Secrets left and right of the Spree." The book documents sights and attractions along the 47 km of the Spree as it meanders through Berlin.

On page 35 we see a photo of the Berlin Futuro being hoisted onto (or off) a river barge during its 2003 relocation. The Futuro is mentioned in the text but as it is in German and we do not have a translation yet we have no idea what is actually written about it.

Im Fluss der Zeit - Cover

Im Fluss der Zeit - Page 35

  • Author: Carl-Peter Steinmann
  • Hardcover: 144 Pages
  • Publisher: Transit Buchverlag Gmbh (2008)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3887472322
  • ISBN-13: 978-3887472320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Industrialization In The Building Industry | Purchased 051314

Industrialization in the Building Industry written by Barry James Sullivan describes itself (inside the dust jacket) as providing "a comprehensive overview of the wide range of activities of all the numerous areas of the building industry that have experienced some form of industrialization."

The Futuro House is mentioned in the narrative on page 84 in a section titled "Plastic Housing." On the facing page there is a series of black and white photos which includes a single photo of Futuro #001 as it looked when located in Hirvensalmi (this Futuro is of course now located in Espoo, Finland).

Industrialization In The Building Industry Pages 84 & 85

  • Author: Barry James Sullivan
  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company; First Edition edition (November 18, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0442279418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0442279417
  • Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.6 x 1.0 inches
International Design Yearbook 20th Ed. | Purchased 070216

The 20th Edition of the International Design Yearbook edited by Marcel Wanders came up in a search on the string "Futuro House" but we were not able to view any of the content of the book to see what the reference was. Typically in this situation we do not purchase a book, we have done so in the past only to find a passing insignificant mention of Futuro and instantly regret the purchase. In this case however the book was only 59 cents; nothing to lose!

It turns there is only a very brief reference to Futuro. Specifically on page 219 in an article about Aisslinger's Loftcube it is suggested that there is a similarity in concept to the Futuro.
  • Editor: Marcel Wanders
  • Series: International Design Yearbook
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 20th ed. edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789208520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789208521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 11.6 inches
Kleine Landjes | Purchased 040915

TranslateKleine landjes is an account of a series of trips made by Dutch journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius, generally stationed in Moscow, to Chechnya, Kalmykia, Abkhazia, Karachay-Cherkessia and Ossetia.

The cover of the book features a rather nice photograph of the Dombai Futuro. Since the book is in Dutch and contains no photographs to indicate mention of the Futuro House we actually have no idea if the Futuro is even mentioned in the text. That said the reviews we have found suggest that it is probably not.
  • Author: Jelle Brandt Corstius
  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus (2009)
  • Language: Dutch
  • ISBN-10: 9044613111
  • ISBN-13: 978-9044613117
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
Kunststoffbauten: Die Pioniere | Purchased 080913

TranslateKunststoffbauten: Die Pioniere written by Elke Genzel and Pamela Voigt looks like it would be a very informative book. We say "looks like" because it is German and we cannot read a word. This becomes another item in the growing list of things to be translated one day and probably up towards the top of the list given the amount of content.

The book contains several photos, mainly of the Berlin Futuro but also among others Dombai and Lüdenscheid. There is also a lengthy article running from page 133 through 160 with text, photos, diagrams and scientific/mathematical info.

The Futuro content in this book is very extensive and so we decided not to place images of all the pages here: a sampling can be found below and the following links connect to photos of all of the pages of the main Futuro chapter in the book.
Kunststoffbauten - Cover

Kunststoffbauten - Color Plate 1

Kunststoffbauten - Color Plates 2 & 3

Kunststoffbauten - Page 10

Kunststoffbauten - Page 13

  • Authors: Elke Genzel and Pamela Voigt
  • Hardcover: 288 Pages
  • Publisher: Verlag der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2005)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3860682415
  • ISBN-13: 978-3860682418
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
Lost Cities (Scary Places) | Purchased 082016

Lost Cities (Scary Places) written by Natalie Lunis and edited by Paul F. Johnston is a children's book aimed at grades 5-8. The book is part of a series titled "Scary Places" published by Bearport Publishing and is described as including "fascinating histories and haunting photographs (that) will keep kids turning the pages for more".

One of the stories, actually about the Sanzhi UFO Houses in Taiwan, includes a photo of the Harewood Futuro from back in 2006/2007 when it was displayed at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch.

Lost Cities (Scary Places) - Cover

Lost Cities (Scary Places) - Page 23

  • Author: Natalie Lunis
  • Consultant Editor: Paul F. Johnston
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617725676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617725678
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
Helsingin Pitäjä 2013 | Purchased 090916

TranslateHelsingin Pitäjä 2013 or Helsinki Parish 2013 is the Yearbook of the Vantaa Society. This was the 45th issue of the publication.

The book contains writing in several sections and one of the articles is a history of Futuro manufacturer Oy Polykem Ab. A photo of Futuro #001 during its time in Hirvensalmi is featured on the cover and also at the beginning of the article. There are also two photos that show a Futuro at the Polykem manufacturing plant.

Helsingin Pitäjä 2013 - Cover

Helsingin Pitäjä 2013 Page 109

Helsingin Pitäjä 2013 - Pages 94-95

  • Editor In Chief: Jukka Hako
  • Paperback: 272 Pages
  • Publisher: Vantaa Society (January 2012)
  • Language: Finnish
  • ISBN-10: 9526784804
  • ISBN-13: 978-9526784809
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.5 x 0.875 inches
Homes: Today & Tomorrow 1st Ed. | Purchased 112512

Homes: Today and Tomorrow written by Ruth F. Sherwood is a textbook that discusses the theory and history of house design, construction and furnishing. The book has gone through several reprints; this is original 1972 First Edition.

On page 453 we see a photo (we believe though it is not stated) showing the Futuro being exhibited at the Internationale Kunststoffhaus Ausstellung in Lüdenscheid, Germany in 1971. The Futuro is not mentioned by name and does not appear in the text, at least as far as we can determine based on a fairly rapid scan of the book. Also seen in the photo is Casoni & Casoni's Rondo.

Homes: Today & Tomorrow Cover

Homes: Today & Tomorrow Page 453

  • Author: Ruth F. Sherwood
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: C. A. Bennett Co (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870021311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870021312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
Homes: Today & Tomorrow 2nd Ed. | Purchased 040816

The 2nd edition of Homes: Today & Tomorrow written by Ruth F. Sherwood and George Sherwood is a textbook that discusses the theory and history of house design, construction and furnishing. The book has gone through several reprints; this is the 1981 Second Edition.

The book includes two Futuro photos; an exterior shot of Futuro #000 during its time in Turenki, Finland on page 12 and a generic interior shot on page 86. The Futuro is never actually mentioned by name in the text; instead it is referred to as a "spaceship" style structure.

Homes Today & Tomorrow - 2nd Edition - Page 12

Homes Today & Tomorrow - 2nd Edition - Page 86

  • Author: Ruth F. Sherwood & George Sherwood
  • Hardcover: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Bennett & Mcknight Pub Co; 2nd edition (February 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026645300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026645300
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
Houses In Finland | Purchased 021913

Houses In Finland CoverAt the time of writing this book is not available on Amazon probably because it is a rip off. We purchased a copy on E-Bay and it is also readily available on various other retail sites. We strongly recommend you do not buy this book. The article on the Futuro is simply a direct copy of text from the Wikipedia Futuro House page.

The publisher justifies this as follows:

"Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge."

We are all entitled to our opinions but grabbing a few articles from Wikipedia, binding them in a book and then taking money from people for something they can get freely on the internet is not new at all. The "con" is something that has been around a long time and this is most certainly a "con" and not an exciting new way to share human knowledge.

Houses In Finland Page 13

A Letter To Annabelle Page 84

In Advance Of The Landing | Purchased 092912

In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space written by Douglas Curran is a photographic journey through the strange, to most of us at least, world of the UFO "true believer" and in some circles has achieved something akin to "cult" status.

Page 95 features a very cool, somewhat stylized, black and white photograph of the Pensacola Beach Futuro. The caption to the photo mentions another Futuro used as "a real estate office in Dallas". We happen to live in Dallas and have never heard of such a Futuro; if anyone has and is able to provide information or photos please let us know.

In Advance Of The Landing Cover

In Advance Of The Landing Page 95

  • Author: Douglas Curran
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; Exp Upd edition (March 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789207087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789207081
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
In The Mountains Of Karachai-Circassia | Purchased 091313

In the Mountains of Karachai-Circassia written by Vladimir Voina is very similar to the book "Dombai" that we acquired around a week or so ago. Just like that book this one features photography of the area around the Dombai Futuro by Alexander Markelov with the text in both Russian and English.

Page 123 includes a photograph of the Dombai Futuro taken at night; there is a brief mention of the Futuro in the text though it is not referred to as a Futuro. Though very similar to a photograph in the book "Dombai" it is actually a different photograph.

In The Mountains Of Karachai-Circassia - Cover

In The Mountains Of Karachai-Circassia - Page 123

  • Author: Vladimir Voina
  • Designer: Vladimir Yankilevskyk
  • Photographer: Alexander Markelov
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishers; Revised Edition (1986)
  • Language: Russian & English
  • ISBN-10: Unknown
  • ISBN-13: Unknown
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.5 x 0.55 inches
Interieur, Exterieur: Living in Art | Purchased 032218

Interieur, Exterieur: Living in Art by Gerda Breuer, Markus Brüderlin & Mateo Kries is a "companion" publication to the exhibition of the same name that took place at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in early 2009.

The exhibition followed earlier modernistic themed installations at the museum and "explored another modernist phenomenon: private living space".

Pages 162 and 163 of the book included an exterior photo of the Berlin Futuro along with two interior shots. The Futuro was not a part of the exhibition (to our knowledge) but perhaps photos of the Futuro were.

Interieur, Exterieur: Living in Art - Pages 162-163

  • Authors: Gerda Breuer, Markus Brüderlin & Mateo Kries
  • Editor: Felix Krämer
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3775722971
  • ISBN-13: 978-3775722971
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.5 inches
Kunststoff - Material Der Stunde?! | Purchased 020114

TranslateKunststoff - Material Der Stunde?! written by Elke Beilfuss is sub titled "Möbeldesign und wohngestaltung mit kunststoffen um 1968" or "furniture design and home decor with plastics around 1968" according to Google Translate. The book looks like it might be quite interesting but of course the text is German so that is just an assumption.

Pages 71 and 72 feature what appears (without being able to understand it) to be a fairly generic article on the Futuro House accompanied by a couple of small photos and diagrams.

Kunststoff - Material Der Stunde?! Pages 71 & 72

  • Author: Elke Beilfuss
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3640161564
  • ISBN-13: 978-3640161560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
Les Filles De Private | Purchased 122815

Private Magazine was established in Stockholm, Sweden in 1965 as the world's first full-color hardcore magazine by Berth Milton, Sr.

Les Filles De Private edited by Berth Milton is a compendium of content from the magazine series and it includes on pages 118-123 a shortened version of the 22 page story titled "The Goddesses Of Galaxia" about the (not unsurprisingly given the nature of the publication) sexual exploits of some rather attractive and very human looking aliens on Earth. A Futuro House is their "spaceship" and provides the backdrop for the "action". "The Goddesses Of Galaxia" appeared in issue 17/1970 of Private.

The majority of the content is unsuitable for this website and so most is not included below.

Les Filles De Private - Cover

Les Filles De Private - Page 118

  • Editor: Berth Milton
  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: de Buquet, Paris (1974)
  • Language: French
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.75 x 1 inches
Lightweight Building Construction | Purchased 082716

The foreword to Lightweight Building Construction by Gyula Sebestyen suggests that "The design, fabrication and assembly of buildings of lightweight construction constitute a highly specialized sector of building technology that needs to be studied". The book seems to be a contribution to that study.

There is a drawing of a Futuro on page 138 (described as a "Futuro Weekend House") and a diagram on page 140 (described as a "plastic weekend house"). The Futuro does not appear to be mentioned in the actual text of the book.

Lightweight Building Construction - Page 138

Lightweight Building Construction - Page 140

  • Author: Gyula Sebestyen
  • Translator: P. Szoke
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: George Godwin Ltd (January 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711442037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711442030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
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