TheFuturoHouse.com | Latest Site News & Updates
- Location | Norrköping-Bråvalla Airfield, Norrköping, Sweden (Last Known Location)
- Lat/Long | 58°36'29.81"N 16°7'5.45"E (Last Known Location)
- Previous Location | Tönnebro 124, 820 29 Stråtjära, Sweden
- Previous Lat/Long | 61°3'33.57"N 16°56'1.31"E Or 61°3'5.62"N 16°55'58.85"E
- Image By Johan Danielson | 092316
- Google Maps | Date Unknown (Last Known Location - Futuro Not Visible)
- Latest Confirmation | 052923
Information Update History
Recently Catarina, this Futuro's proud owner, contacted us to let us know that after much soul searching she had realized that she would never have the time to restore her Futuro and do all the things she had planned when she bought it and so, with very mixed feelings, she had decided it was time to sell the Futuro and let some one else enjoy it and dedicate their time to its restoration and preservation.
This is of course one of the three Futuros originally purchased and used by the Swedish Air Force with fewer larger windows and an entry through the bottom of the unit.
That difference from the original design of the Futuro comes with both pros and cons. The biggest advantage here is probably rarity. The Futuro itself is extremely rare and does not often come to market but this variant is even more rare and there will be very few, if any, opportunities to acquire this variant in the future given there are only three units in existence and as far as we only those three were ever produced.
All of that said a buyer would need to understand fully what they were getting themselves into; this would be expensive to buy, it has to be moved from Sweden and it has to be renovated - it is definitely a renovation project that would involve a great deal of work and passion not least of which would be fabrication of a door and steps (the more traditional Futuro entry) and new windows as the existing ones are cloudy and opaque. The knowledges is out there and information of the “how” can be gathered. There is even the Futuro in Norway
that was covered and wrapped with a foil similar to the car foil wraps that are so popular now. That could save a lot of work and money.
The Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping has one of the three units and not so long ago completed the restoration of that unit. That project was very similar to what would be needed for this Futuro so please check out that page
and the photos and videos there to get somewhat of a feel for what might be involved; the condition of this unit is also very similar to that of the Linköping unit
The Futuro is already disassembled and is in storage in the south of Sweden; it consists of:
- 8 top panels
- 8 bottom panels
- Windows (cloudy and needing to be replaced)
- Some inner walls that were rescued (for the toilet Catarina thinks)
- A ring (only the ring - no legs or "feet")
All of this means that the Futuro does not require dismantling and it could be loaded quite easily and quickly onto a truck or into a container for transport.
The photos below show the Futuro in various stages of assembly and disassembly and they give some idea of its condition and, as previously mentioned, taking a look at the Linköping page
will also give some impression of what this unit is like as they both started out in exactly the same state.
You can contact Catarina directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to ask questions and register your interest in possibly purchasing the Futuro.
Past experience has shown that when a Futuro comes up for sale a huge number of people express an interest though usually in the end only a much smaller number are really "in the hunt". That said the response can be overwhelming for the owner who can really struggle to keep up with all the inquiries and expressions of interest so please allow Catarina plenty of time to respond.
As and when we know how things are going we will provide status updates on this page but in the meantime please do not contact us for status updates and please understand that it may take Catarina some time to contact everyone and address their questions and concerns.
Good luck to you all!
Swedish journalist Fredrik Björkman has published several articles relating to Futuros in Sweden and following the conclusion of the auction for this Futuro he published an article on helahalsingland.se
. The article was behind a "pay wall" so we could not access it but Fredrik sent us a transcript of his article; thanks Fredrik.
The auction was won by Catarina Dittschlag of Jönköping
. Catarina first came across the Futuro in a design book when she was a kid in the 1970's and had dreamed of owning one ever since. When this Futuro came up for auction and Catarina determined she would bid she had not intended to go as high as she ultimately did but with the Futuro being so unusual and the opportunity to purchase one being so rare she decided to go higher with her bids and was ultimately the winner.
Catarina has a passion for design and is constantly on the lookout for unique and unusual things; among previous purchases is another very unusual structure Nebotornet
, a castle/tower like building located in Veinge
that is now available for short term rentals.
Once moved to its new site, not yet determined but likely somewhere in Halland
, Catarina intends to work on restoring the Futuro and has plans to try to recreate the more normal internal fixtures and fittings of a Futuro and install the traditional door/step entrance in place of the current access method which is through the base of the Futuro.
Once restored the plan is to rent out the Futuro and also possibly allow short term moves for the purpose of exhibitions/museum display and the like.
Several other articles have been published on various sites that relate similar information; among them are articles on nt.se
The nt.se article includes the video that can be seen below which has some nice footage along with an interview with Catarina. The video is of course in Swedish so we have no idea what was said. If anyone happens to watch and feels inclined to let us know if the interview contains any particularly interesting information please contact us
The auction for this Futuro ended 101216 with the winning bid coming in at SEK 500,000 (converted to $56767.85 the last time we looked it up). The next quest is to figure out where the Futuro is going and what plans there are for it! If you have any information please let us know
The two videos below were shot by Johan Danielson 092216 in order to provide prospective bidders some additional information and views of the Futuro. The videos were recently added to the links on the auction website
and are hosted on Vimeo here
Original Information 092416
In the 1970's the Swedish Air Force purchased three Futuros from Oy Polykem Ab. These units were heavily modified; in particular they had 7 oversize windows instead of the standard 16 around the circumference of the structure and the means of entry was by ladder directly through the center of the base of the unit instead of the normal door/step unit.
Two of the three were placed on a bombing range in Stråtjära
where they were mounted on towers and used to observe and assess bombing practice and the third was located on Satenas Air Force Base
The two Stråtjära Futuros were removed from the 14 meter tall towers upon which they sat on 042116 and began a multi-stage journey by both road and water to new locations. That journey saw a road trip from Stråtjära to the Port of Norrsundet
on 060216, a trip by barge to Norrköping
on 062016 and then a second road trip to the Norrköping-Bråvalla Airfield
On 091216 one of the two then took one final road trip to the Flygvapenmuseum, the Swedish Air Force Museum
where it will be restored and then used as a conference room. This Futuro remains at the Norrköping-Bråvalla Airfield where it is being prepared for public auction by the Swedish agency Fortifikationsverket
Details of the auction can be found on the Fortifikationsverket
website. There are two viewing sessions scheduled; one is actually today (at the time of writing) 092416 (10:00-12:00) and the second is 092416 (14:00-16:00). The website indicates that these sessions are for "serious bidders" only and registration is required. Interested parties can register here
. According to this page
on the website online bidding will run 100316 through 101016.
A deposit of 10% of the purchase price is payable "when the purchase contract is signed immediately after the bidding is completed" with the remainder due on the "completion date". Based on Google Translate (not always reliable with the Scandinavian languages) it looks like the buyer would need to remove the Futuro no later than 120116.
Various documents relating to the auction can be downloaded from the Fortifikationsverket website using the links below.
A really great set of photos by Niklas Luks was published 092216 on the website nyhetswebben.se
which show the current condition of the Futuro as it is prepared for auction viewing. These photos can be found below and are displayed with permission. In addition Niklas also added the video seen below to Youtube, the original Youtube posting can be found here
We would love to be able to bid on this Futuro but that is simply beyond our means; if you are the eventual winner we would love to hear from you
about where the Futuro will "land" and what your plans are for her!
More information about the Futuro that moved to the Swedish Air Force Museum can be found here
and prior history, photos and information relating to the time the Futuros were located in Stråtjära can be found here
None currently known.
Personal correspondence with the owner 052923.