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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Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - tuda-suda.net



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Update 051119

These two photos, posted to Instagram 042119 by stadter provide us with a nice up to date view of this Futuro and its current condition.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Instagram Photo By stadter 042119 - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Instagram Photo By stadter 042119 - 2

Update 070916

This photo was posted to Instagram by nadya_yarysh on 062816. In the previous update (021916) we added a photo that showed this Futuro in a rather deteriorated condition. We were not sure if the photo was an old one reflecting condition prior to the 2012/2013 renovation or a recent one.

Instagram indicates the date a photo was posted but unless the poster adds the date a photo was actually taken there is no way to know so as with the earlier photo we cannot be sure if this photo is recent or pre renovation.

That said the most prevalent use of Instagram is to take a photo and post it "there and then" and so, with there now being two photos showing this unit in a deteriorated condition, we tend to be of the opinion that despite the relatively recent renovation the Futuro has subsequently (and quickly) been allowed to start to deteriorate or at the very least it needs a really good wash and perhaps a "paint job".

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Instagram Photo By nadya_yarysh

Update 021916

The photo below was posted to Instagram on 021516 by Dimitry Oskes. Though it is not always apparent when Instagram photos were actually taken the photo was posted with the annotation "February, 2016".

We however find ourselves wondering if this is a photograph taken sometime prior to the 2012/2013 renovation of this Futuro. If it is from February 2016 then, based on how the unit looks in this photo (at least to us), it appears the Futuro's condition has started to decline drastically and rapidly.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Instagram Photo By Dimitry Oskes

Update 042615

Yves Buysse has made many contributions to these pages and this week he sent us several links and photos related to this Futuro. This first photo shows the Futuro as it was in 1986. The photo is by V. Kadorkina and is courtesy of the website Myekaterinodar.com. This photo along with the others that Yves sent provide a little interesting pictorial history of this Futuro.

In this first photo other than the fact that it is on a raised platform the Futuro's appearance is similar to that of most Futuros.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photo By V. Kadorkina Circa 1986 From Myekaterinodar.com

These next two photos show the addition of a "cover" below the Futuro that hides the supporting legs and the space beneath the Futuro. Also noticeable is the fact that the lower viewing windows are covered over. The wall of the structure upon which the Futuro sits is the same in each of the photos.

It appears from the photos as if the orientation of the Futuro might have been changed at one point. If the lower viewing windows are taken as a reference point we can see in the left photo below that they appear to be facing a direction roughly along the fence line. In the right photo below they appear to be oriented at 90°s to the fence line. Might be our eyes deceiving us but that is certainly how it looks to us. The photo at right is likely the later one since photos of the unit as it is now show the orientation seen in the second photo. The photos are of low resolution hence the somewhat grainy appearance.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos Sent By Yves Buysse - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos Sent By Yves Buysse - 2

This last photo is a great shot of the Futuro in its current condition following a 2012/2013 renovation.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos Sent By Yves Buysse - 3

Two of the images originally posted on this page (111514 immediately below) show some kind of a covering structure on top of the Futuro; it is unclear at what point this structure was added and subsequently removed.

Original Information 111514

In a couple of emails this week Yves Buysse who has made many contributions to these pages told us about a "new" or more accurately a "re-discovered" Futuro located in Krasnodar, Russia; thanks Yves. Everything on the web related to this Futuro seems to be in Russian and Google Translate sometimes has trouble with Russian so if you see anything here that is inaccurate or could be translated more accurately please let us know.

In a couple of March 2013 posts on the website vk.com Khanu Man provides a little history (albeit perhaps somewhat tongue in cheek). The posts, according to Google Translate, are titled "Excerpts from the study "The History of Tea Plates" part 1 and part 2; we have to think this would be more accurately translated as the history of "Flying Saucers" or maybe "UFO's" but who am we to question the almighty Google. On the other hand perhaps we are being unfair to Google and it may be the history of "Tea Rooms" or even the history of this "Tea Room"; we need to learn Russian.

We earlier suggested the posts might be, at least in part, "tongue in cheek" and the posts start out that way. In part 1 Khanu Man starts by telling us:

" Abandoned many years ago disc flying objects began to find around the world in the late 60s of the twentieth century. Scattered across the planet, these flying saucers dominates the minds UFO enthusiasts, serious scholars and ordinary citizens. On top of all sorts of secret services in the best traditions of our relationship to the unknown species were trying to bring their secret research base ..."

and a little later he goes on:

" the world community is not worried, was widely launched the myth that these supposedly plates in 1968 designed the Finnish architect with a difficult to pronounce name Matti Suuronen (Matti Suuronen) and called it "Futuro" (Futuro). Allegedly, he even sold the project to some American company, which had built about 60 of these "flying saucers" around the world"

That said the post does then move on to provide some actual commentary and history and at the end of part 1 Khanu Man references three Futuros in Russia; this one in Krasnodar, the Dombai Futuro and one in Naro. As far as we know there is no Futuro in Naro though there is this "lookalike".

In part 2 of his post Khanu Man reports that the Krasnodar Futuro was "discovered" in 1975 and became a "children's cafe". We are told that despite being on a list of protected architectural buildings in the post soviet era the Futuro was not well maintained but in late 2012 a renovation was undertaken and after some three months the Futuro opened again as a Tea House around the end of March 2013.

The featured image at the top of the page (courtesy of tuda-suda.net) shows the renovated unit; prior to this time the unit had a grey finish. Other images below show the Futuro pre-restoration and the Futuros interior. There is a also a YouTube video below with footage of the interior.

Matti Suuronen's Futuro CV (see "The Finnish 20") lists a Futuro that was manufactured in 1976 that was destined for Sochi, Russia. Sochi is some 300km or so from Krasnodar and Khanu Man indicates the Krasnodar Futuro was on site in 1975; there is also no reason to believe it has ever been moved. Having said that Futuro history is often clouded with inaccuracies and it seems quite possible that this was in fact the third of the Finnish Futuros manufactured for delivery to locations Russia in 1976 and 1977.

Google Earth has historical satellite imagery for the area as far back as 090302 and as recently as 121413 and all imagery shows the Futuro. Current Google Street View imagery is pre-restoration and dates from July 2012. Several screenshots from Google Earth, both aerial and Street View, can be found below.

These first group of images are courtesy of Khanu Man; they accompanied the March 2013 post on the website vk.com discussed above and show the unit as it was before the late 2012/early 2013 restoration.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Khanu Man - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Khanu Man - 2

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Khanu Man - 3

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Khanu Man - 4

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Khanu Man - 5

The following photographs show the interior of the Futuro post the renovation. It is proving a little difficult in some cases to figure out exactly how to request permission to display these images. All are attributed to the website where they are posted but if you own the copyright to anything here and would prefer it be removed please let us know.

Photo posted by Kirill Korotkoc on vk.com

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photo By Kirill Korotkoc

Photos posted by Ira Shepeleva on vk.com

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Ira Shepeleva - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Photos By Ira Shepeleva - 2

"Community Photos" from vk.com

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - vk.com Community Photographs - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - vk.com Community Photographs - 2

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - vk.com Community Photographs - 3

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - vk.com Community Photographs - 4

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - vk.com Community Photographs - 5

Photographs from samopoznanie.ru

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - samopoznanie.ru - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - samopoznanie.ru - 2

Photos of the interior of the Futuro can also be found on several other websites including krasnodar.zoon.ru, afisha.yuga.ru and gorodskoyportal.ru.

This YouTube video is of a group of musicians; the focus of the footage is the musicians and their music but there is footage of the interior of the Futuro.


The best satellite imagery of the location available in Google Earth is dated 042611. The satellite imagery from 073013 clearly shows the new color of the Futuro. Screenshots are below.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Google Earth 042611

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Google Earth 073013

Google Street View imagery is from July 2012 prior to renovation of the Futuro and can be seen in the screenshots below.

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Google Street View July 2012 - 1

Futuro, Krasnodar, Russia - Google Street View July 2012 - 2

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Latest Confirmation

Krasnodar - Latest Confirmation - 053119 - anermoshThis photograph by anermosh taken 053119.

The original photograph can be seen on Instagram here.

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