Monday, July 22, 2013

Homes of the Future in 1968

Futuro House, with its signature flying saucer shape and airplane hatch entrance, was designed in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen as a ski cabin that would be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain.” It was able to comfortably house eight people inside its fully furnished interior.

Composed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, the Futuro was eventually discontinued due to the Oil Crisis, where tripled gasoline prices made manufacture of plastic extremely expensive.

Ready to explore the universe?

Helicopters setting a Futuro Home

Ample living space around a central fire pit

The perfect "Man Cave" for the backyard.

Only a couple of livable Futuro Houses are still inhabitable. 

It reminds me of a certain folding house that is trying to make inroads in the prefab housing arena today by telling people that it is the future of homebuilding in the US.

A total of 96 Futuro houses were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

1 comment:

Ibgreen said...

I think that athe first photo is the one in Frisco NC just off of highway 12. They used to sell ice cream out of it.