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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         Previously located at 29 Fifeshire Crescent, Stepneyville, Nelson 7010, New Zealand | 41°16'8.02"S 173°15'58.91"E - moved July 2014
Richmond, New Zealand [Vicinity Only]
Featured Image From Achim Breiling | Image Date Unknown
Google Maps Street View | Image Date 101110 [When Located In Nelson]
Futuro, Nelson, New Zealand   Futuro, Nelson, New Zealand
Additional Images
Notes, History & Resources
Update 071914

The two photos below, courtesy of the Nelson Mail, accompanied a 071714 article reporting the disassembly and removal of the Futuro.

Dis-assembly - July 2014 Nelson Mail 1

Dis-assembly - July 2014 Nelson Mail 2

Update 051014

A stuff.co.nz article reporting on the first open house for the Nelson property was accompanied by these great photos displayed courtesy of stuff.co.nz.

Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 1

Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 2 Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 3

Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 4 Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 5

Stuff.co.nz Open House Photos 6

Update 050114

The photos below accompany a Bayleys Real Estate listing for an auction of the Fifeshire Crescent property [includes the Futuro] to be held 052114.

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 1

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 2 Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 3

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 4 Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 5

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 6 Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 7

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 8

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 9 Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 10

Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 11 Futuro, Nelson, 052114 Auction Listing Photos 12

Update 122812

The three photos below accompany the bookabach.co.nz listing of this Futuro as available for holiday rentals.

Futuro, Nelson, BookABach1

Futuro, Nelson, BookABach2

Futuro, Nelson, BookABach3

Original Information 072112

I am not aware of any recent photos of this Futuro so if anyone has any that I could use please let me know.

The "Street View" from Google shown below is 180° rotated from the view at top right. While it is a view from lower down the hillside than the Futuro the land features visible in the photo above are also clearly visible in the "Street View".

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Update 122914

Google Earth satellite imagery dated 122214 clearly shows the Futuro is no longer on site so I am changing the location information for this unit to Richmond [Vicinity Only] for now until better information is available.

Update 071914

A 071714 Nelson Mail article reports that disassembly of the Nelson Futuro started on Monday 071414 and that the unit is expected to be fully disassembled and removed from the site by 071714. The Futuro is being removed to a storage site in Richmond prior to later relocation to Christchurch. The article was accompanied by a couple of photos which can be seen at left.

Update 052614

A 052614 Nelson Mail article titled "Sold Spaceship To Take Off On Journey South" confirms that the Nelson Futuro did indeed sell for $75,000.

The article reports agent and auctioneer Jeremy Matthews as saying:

"... the spaceship finally sold to a Christchurch purchaser for $75,000. The winner was among the 10 bidders in the race, and one of five phone bidders ... [there were] five bidders in the room and another five on the phone ... two people were bidding from Christchurch, two from Auckland and another bid while on the road between Christchurch and Dunedin ... bidding started at $49,000 and went up to $75,000 at times in $1000 leaps."

The article does not indicate who purchased the Futuro other than to say that it was someone associated with an "internationally famous New Zealander" who planned to relocate the unit to Christchurch where it would be used for personal accommodation.

The last paragraph of the article reads as follows:

"Matthews said the sale price was fairly typical of other good-quality Futuro homes, although one in Raglan which had been "left to sit" sold recently for $35,000 years after the owner had paid $85,000 for it."

Tim Hoban, who purchased the Raglan Futuro, contacted me today to set the record straight; this part of the Nelson Mail article is not true.

Update 052314

A comment on the blog Cult of Weird this morning indicates the Futuro sold for $75,000. I have not yet seen this on any news sites.

Update 052114

The 052114 auction did not result in a sale; in fact there was a distinct lack of bids. The Futuro alone will now be auctioned 052214. The website stuff.co.nz reports that auctioneer Jerry Matthews said that:

"... between 15 and 20 people were interested in the spaceship pod on its own, including someone who would "make it even more famous." He declined to say who but removal of the pod would free up the site to be sold separately."

Update 051014

Jay, who posted the comment referenced below on the blog Cult of Weird, contacted me a day or two ago about that comment; I clearly had blurred vision when I read it. So to correct; the comment about an asking price of $250K was not in relation to this Futuro but was in fact in relation to the Futuro being stored in Harewood at King's House Removals. My excuse - AGE. And to those of you who are younger than me [which will, unfortunately, be "a lot" just know that you too will find your faculties declining as your age advances.

The property actually has a rateable value of $610,000 of which $600,000 is the land valuation but, as stuff.co.nz reports that valuation has not discouraged interest; the first open day saw near record numbers of people visiting the property with 20 or so visitors in the first half hour. I find myself wondering how many were genuinely interested in a possible bid and how many were grabbing a rare opportunity to see inside a well maintained Futuro.

Update 050114

This Futuro along with the accompanying property and land will be sold at auction 052114. The auction listing can be found on the Bayleys Real Estate site; it is accompanied by the great set of photos displayed at left. A comment on the blog Cult of Weird suggests the price being sought is around $250K.

I have to say that while I am mostly very content with my life and financial situation [I am by no means wealthy but I am comfortable] every now and again I see something that makes me think "if only ..." and this is one of those times. Obviously I am a Futuro "nut", these pages are evidence enough of that, so to find a Futuro and, not only that, but a Futuro in great condition that is on a plot of land with a house in such an idyllic location makes me really wish I had considerably more money than I do and that I was in a position to bid in this auction.

Update 122812

It seems that another Futuro has joined the ranks of those available to rent [along with Woodruff and Warrington]. The Nelson Futuro is listed on bookabach.co.nz for rent at $175 NZD per night [towards the bottom of the first page of listings as of 122812]. The listing was added October 2012 and appears to be still current. The detailed listing for the Futuro can be found here.

Original Information 072112

Though obviously not "new", there is no such thing, this is a "newly rediscovered" Futuro [at least as far as I know]. I certainly have not seen it listed anywhere on the web. My thanks go once again to Achim Breiling who seems to be turning into something of a "Futuro Sleuth". Taking an old picture of a Futuro in Nelson and examining the land features in the area he was able to track this down in Google Maps. It is a research technique I have used myself in the past but these days it is all I can to keep up with Achin's finds; no time to do any research myself!

The photo Achim was working from [top left] is clearly old and shows the Futuro at a time when their were far fewer properties around. However despite the difference then till now in the degree of "urbanization" examining the area from the "aerial perspective" clearly shows this is one and the same Futuro; in particular the two pieces of land jutting out into the ocean behind the Futuro are clearly identifiable. Check out the "Street View" to the left.

I have absolutely no information about this example. From the "aerial view" in Google Maps though the "object" was the right size it was difficult to be sure it was a Futuro. However the "Street View" [gotta love that] clearly shows a Futuro and, from what you can see, one that is well mainatined and in good condition. Google Earth indicates that the latest aerial imagery is dated 101110 so the Futuro was clearly on site at that time and there is nothing to suggest any subsequent move.

Latest Confirmed Date

071714 Nelson Mail article.

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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