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.
Owner Nick McQuoid continues to share his progress via social media as he works on one of his Futuros. This time around we see the windows installed in these photos from Nick's Instagram and Facebook.
It is always great to see a Futuro and/or its owner getting media coverage. In this case we find Nick McQuoid and his Futuros appearing in, of all things, a Chinese newspaper. Congats Nick!
Back in April we saw the lower half of one of Nick McQuoid's Futuro assembled, here in May we get to see the completion of the assembly of the shell as the upper half is added. The video and photos below that illustrate this work are sourced from Nick's Instagram and Facebook feeds and were posted 050419 through 050619. It is great to see the progress as the Futuro comes together and we are looking forward to seeing the further work in the future. Our thanks to Nick for continuing to share and document his Futuro "journey".
Nick McQuoid continues to make progress with his Futuros as documented in this series of photos posted to his Facebook page. The majority of the photos were posted 032319 and show the assembly of the lower half of one of the units. The final two photos were added 040819 and show upper body segments being cleaned in preparation for further assembly work.
Nick McQuoid could be considered something of a "mover and shaker" in the "Futuro World" and he recently let us know about two more "Futuro transactions/moves" in which he was involved.
First off Nick has purchased the Paringa River Futuro and it is being moved to Rangiora along with the Futuros he already owns. In theory that would bring the count of Futuros in Rangiora to three except that Nick has also recently sold one of his Futuros so Rangiora actually continues to be the home of two Futuros.
The removal of the Futuro from the remote Paringa River location was an adventure involving land, sea and air; Nick documented the removal in a series of photos and videos that can be found on the Paringa River page.
The sale is particularly notable in that, with a sale price of $260K new Zealand dollars (about $175k US dollars at the time of writing), it achieved the highest sale price yet for a Futuro (at least according to our often fallible memory and details we have of sales where we know the sale price - Warrington we believe would have gone for more but that was not only a Futuro, it included a home and lot).
While we congratulate Nick for the likes of us with a huge interest in Futuro but a small budget it just seems to make the already remote possibility we might ever manage to buy our own Futuro an even more remote pipe dream! That said it is nice to think that another Futuro is going to be (presumably) preserved and open to the public.
As he continues to work on his Futuros owner Nick McQuoid continues to document progress and activity on his Facebook page; most recently he added the video below.
Around the same time as the video was posted Nick also added these photos.
Nick McQuoid continues to work on his Futuros and to post interesting photos to his Facebook timeline along the way. These photos showing Futuro sections "on the move" were posted 121417.
Nick McQuoid posted this pair of interesting photos to his Facebook page recently showing new fibreglass moulds that he has built so that missing parts for the Futuros he is restoring can be fabricated (internal components such as interior walls/bathroom fixtures).
Owner Nick McQuoid continues to work on the restoration of his Futuros and he recently posted this interesting set of photos of various interior fixtures and fittings to his Facebook page.
Always exciting to see progress on Futuro restoration projects and Nick McQuoid recently posted the two photos below to his Facebook page commenting that work is "almost done ready for rebuilding". Looking forward to seeing how everything turns out Nick!
There have been a number of Futuro restorations over the last few years and for us following these restoration projects is always interesting. Owner Nick McQuoid shared the photo below of the support ring for one of his Futuros which was being sandblasted and then painted in a Facebook Post on 042016; another milestone in his restoration project.
Nick had also previously had a support ring fabricated (see here). The Futuro that shipped from Australia clearly shipped with the support ring (see this photo) and certainly the unit previously located in Kaimaumau was mounted on a functional support ring when it was at that location (see this photo) so it is unclear why one had to be fabricated from scratch.
That being said given that the support ring seen below looks to have been yellow (and thus likely from Australia) our guess would be that the support ring from Kaimaumau was damaged significantly enough that a new one needed to be fabricated. Of course we all know where making assumptions gets you; no doubt at some point Nick will correct us if we are wrong.
One of Nick's Futuros, the white one previously located in Kaimaumau, recently made the move to the facility where restoration work will be undertaken. Good luck with the restoration Nick, looking forward to seeing how she turns out.
This first set of four photos show the unit being loaded up for transport. They were posted to Nick's Facebook Page 032216.
This second set of photos, posted the next day, show the unit arriving at the restoration facility.
Issue #10, "The Home Issue", of New Zealand vintage lifestyle magazine Glory Days features a nice six page Futuro article. The article focuses on the history of the Futuro, primarily as it relates to New Zealand, and on Nick McQuoid and the pair of Futuros he is in process of restoring in Rangiora.
The article was written by Mathilda Wrexham and in it we learn that Nick first came across the Futuro as a child growing up in Christchurch. Nick recounts that his parents would often drive past a "flying saucer" in New Brighton on the banks of the Avon River (most likely the Futuro now in Harewood but at the time on Fordingbridge Lane).
At the time Nick had no idea what the structure actually was but about five years ago he was driving home from Christchurch airport when he happened to glance over into a storage facility for old relocatable housing (Harewood) and saw the same structure. Looking the structure up online when he got home Nick discovered it was a Futuro.
Nick contacted the owners of the storage facility to see if the Futuro might be for sale; it was but he was disappointed to find that the asking price was way out of his range at $260K. Nick however was not discouraged and he continued to research the Futuro and one day he saw a sale listing for the Kaimaumau Futuro. Wasting no time Nick contacted the agent to book a viewing and flew north to see the Futuro the very next day.
The unit had been on site since the early 70's (likely its only location to that point) and had been occupied by the female owner until she passed a few years prior. Nick signed on the spot and, being unable to use the Futuro at its existing location, decided to move it to Christchurch.
Around the same time, and during the course of his research into the Futuro Nick had made contact with Paul McNeil (Paul wrote the Australia and New Zealand sections of the Home and Taanila edited Futuro book Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday). McNeil had purchased a Futuro in Christchurch in 1996 which he had shipped to Sydney but he had never gotten around to restoring it and it was in storage.
Paul agreed to sell the Futuro to Nick and it was shipped back to Christchurch. This Futuro was one of the ones used in Christchurch at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games by the Bank Of New Zealand (info here) and Nick felt like he had "brought the Futuro back home".
Nick's two Futuros are currently in process of restoration in Rangiora (along with another Suuronen building; a CF-45 Venturo). Once renovation is completed Nick plans to use the units as accommodation for locals and international visitors. Not sure we will ever be able to do it but we do hope to make a trip to Australia and New Zealand one day; guess where we will be looking to stay if we do ever get to New Zealand.
We are looking forward eagerly to seeing how Nick's renovations turn out.
It seems Nick is making some good progress on his restoration project. The photos below from Nick's Facebook Page illustrate the mold Nick has manufactured for making the armrest units that sit between each chair/bed unit and also the first unit made using the mold. That first unit looks pretty good based on the photo but Nick indicates in the comment that accompanies the photo that it needs a little tweaking to be perfect.
Nick is clearly planning on giving at least one of his Futuros a European flavor since the Australian and New Zealand units did not feature the set of chair/bed units seen in the European Futuros.
It is a rather exciting time for Futuro restoration efforts; there is the Futuro once in South Africa now being restored by Craig Barnes in the United Kingdom, the Canberra University Futuro being restored by Wade and Jon's team and of course Nick has two Futuros in Rangiora which he is starting to restore. The three new photographs below show newly fabricated support ring sections for one of Nick's Futuros - photos courtesy of Nick.
OK so this is not "technically" a Futuro update but since Nick now appears to be the premier Futuro House owner in the world with three (the two listed here and the Raglan Futuro which will be moved to Rangiora in the New Year) and the Venturo is also a Matti Suuronen design we are including this here.
The other day Nick sent us the three photos below which show Nick's Venturo House which will be shipped to Rangiora to join his Futuros in the new year. Quite a collection you are amassing there Nick!
The photos below were posted on Facebook by Nick McQuoid - Nick we hope you do not mind us raiding your Facebook timeline!
This first photo of Nick atop one of his Futuros in "cleaning mode" does not specify a location but we believe it is the Kaimaumau Futuro prior to disassembly and removal from that site and transport to Rangiora.
The next two photos show the Kaimaumau Futuro after cleaning and prior to disassembly. All we can say is "what a difference that elbow grease made"; looks pristine in these shots.
The next series of six photos shows the Kaimaumau Futuro after disassembly and loaded on a truck ready to travel to its new home (first two photos) and then unloaded at its destination where it will be stored until it is reassembled and restored (following four photos).
This final series of photos relate to the yellow Futuro Nick brought back to New Zealand from Australia. The first three photos show the unit being prepared for loading into containers for shipping to New Zealand and the fourth shows the unit as it was stored in a disassembled state prior to starting the shipping process. The final photo is a very cool shot of the Futuro as it was when used as a Bank Of New Zealand branch at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand