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.
Back in 2013 Nick McQuoid told us about a Futuro reported to be located somewhere around the mouth of the Paringa River in the West Coast Region of New Zealand'sSouth Island and it was relatively easy to find it in Google Maps. However until now we had never come across a single photo of the unit.
Fast forward 5 years to 2018 and Nick, who already owns two Futuros and might be considered something of a "mover and shaker" in the "Futuro World" has purchased this very Futuro and is moving it to Rangiora.
Nick documented the removal of the Futuro from the Paringa River site in photos and videos many of which can be found below (thanks for sharing them Nick - originals can be found on Nick's Facebook page). It looks like removing the Futuro from this remote location turned out to be quite an adventure that involved land, sea and air.
This video clip gives us a great look at the Futuro before work started.
This series of photos and videos documents the disassembly of the Futuro, its removal from the Paringa River location and the "convoy" that then transported the unit to Rangiora.
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In an email we received yesterday from Nick McQuoid we learned there was a Futuro, accessible only by boat, located somewhere around the mouth of the Paringa River in the West Coast Region of New Zealand'sSouth Island. After a little time in Google Maps, Google Earth and Bing Maps we were able to pinpoint the Futuros location at 43°38'25.10"S 169°26'13.35"E.
The Google imagery is very low resolution, that in Bing Maps is a little better, but neither on its own is conclusive though the appearance, particularly in Bing Maps, and the size do strongly suggest the object visible is indeed a Futuro House. However the combination of the maps imagery and the source of the information, Nick of course is himself the owner of two Futuros and generally speaking those who own Futuro's tend to know the most about them, make us confident this is a "new" Futuro House.
The screen capture from Bing maps below shows the object aligned against the scale and it is clearly the right size for a Futuro House.
The available imagery also supports the idea that this Futuro House is accessible only by boat; there are no visible roads or tracks leading to the location and it does appear that the only way to reach it would be by boat or after a long trek through the woods.
If you have any information on this Futuro House (or any photographs - we have yet to unearth any) please let us know.