The 1960’s were optimistic times. Architecture, design and arts reflected the feeling of the decade. According to lifestyle of this decade, there was one Finnish project, that can be regarded as a sample of space-age architecture: the Futuro (or futuro house) with its unique, but stil very childishly recognizable design, conected the distinctve themes of 1960’s Utopian architecture, mobility and new materials. The flying-saucer like shape and airplane hatch entrance makes this object more like an alien space kraft than a building.


As I already mentioned, the Futro was designt in the 1960’s, by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, as an easy-to-resamble vacation house. Experimentation, modern shape and spirit of optimism that caracterised the design of ‘60s, made this spaceship object so unique. Launched in July 1969, the same week Armstrong walked on the moon, it was ment to be something like a personal spaceship witch could be relocated from its initial site as, and when needed, enable to live like a space-age nomad.

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Futuro is composed of fiber-glass reinforced polyester plastic. Dimensions: 4m high and 8m in diameter. The main bulk of the house was supported by a metal ring with four legs that could be addapted for up to twenty degree incline. It was designt to be cheep and light, and the construction meant it could be easy to dismantle and rebuilt on any kind of terrain.

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Unfortenately, Futuro was comercial failure. Because of the oil crisis in 1973, the price of plastic increased production costs, making the house unprofitable, so only 96 Futuro houses were ever built. Many of them were abandoned as time moved and fashions changed. Or maybe it was the circular shape that people just could’t handle. There are some 60 known to still exist.

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Nita Mucha