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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         No longer at this location - now located in Idyllwild, CA, USA [Exact location withheld for privacy reasons] - Moved 2002/2004
3601 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92103, USA | 32°44'37.29"N 117°9'36.08"W
Featured Image From Eric Randall | Image Date Unknown
Google Earth Screenshot | Satellite Imagery Date 072001
Futuro, San Diego, USA   Futuro, San Diego, USA - Google Earth Snap Shot
Additional Images
Notes, History & Resources
The following images are courtesy of FuturoHouse.com

Futuro, San Diego, USA - Alt 1

Futuro, San Diego, USA - Alt 2

Futuro, San Diego, USA - Alt 3
This Futuro was brought to San Diego, California in the 1970's by local entrepreneur Stan Grau who was hoping to market the Futuro on the West Coast. However the business model behind the Futuro collapsed with the three fold increase in the cost of oil in the 70's oil crisis and Grau never got his Futuro business off the ground. Despite that lack of success Grau still had to deal with issues relating to his Futuro and over the course of several years he had to move it multiple times because of issues with city zoning laws. Eventually in 1977 city officials gave Grau permission to locate the Futuro at the 3601 5th Ave location behind an office complex there. The Futuro remained on that site until 2002.

In 2002 the Futuro was purchased by Milford Wayne Donaldson and moved off the site to a temporary location for refurbishment prior to being transported to its new home in the San Jacinto Mountains. The unit was moved by a local company San Diego Boat Movers [Edited 080412 - page no longer available - access using Wayback Machine here]; Larry Wood owner of the company planned and supervised the move. The same company also carried out the move to Idyllwild at the end of 2004; more information and photos related to that move can be found on the Idyllwild Futuro page.

Sources & Reference

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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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