The Futuro House, in all its space age retro splendor, is like a physical manifestation of 1960s optimism. Shaped like the Hollywood idea of a flying saucer, the Futuro is a plastic, prefabricated, portable vacation home built to easily adapt to any climate or terrain, from mountain slopes to the seaside. After enjoying a heyday in the late ‘60s and early '70s, the remaining Futuros are now scattered across all parts of the globe, from the Australian beaches to the mountains of Russia, like secluded relics of midcentury technoutopianism.
The Futuro was a product of its times: when Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed the little alien-looking abodes in 1968, the postwar economic boom was in full swing, time-saving home gadgets promised a leisure-filled vision of the future, and society was transfixed by the Space Race. Spaceship architecture was in vogue, but nothing hit the nail on the head quite like these UFO houses. Ironically, that may be what ultimately led to the Futuro’s failure.
Evoking images of flying saucers, interplanetary space pods and science fiction, the Futuro house offered homeowners a chance to live in the future without ever leaving their front yards. Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed the Futuro house in 1968 but only 96 of the fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic pods were ever produced. Today, roughly half of the structures have been accounted for and their iconic design has made them a favorite of pop culture collectors, retrofuturism fans and all those who appreciate the impact of 1960s Space Age style.
Sir any Space or any Universe inspired architecture there?
I think that the architecture considered space inspired is really inspired in an idealistic vision of the future that was popular in the 1950s like the
Futuro House by Matti Suuronen, the TWA Flight Center or Trans World Flight Center, by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and The Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport, built in 1961 that are typically identified as Googie, Architecture of the Space Age.
There is also a renewed interest in thinking of opportunities for future habitats in other planets, rather than architecture inspired by space something that could truly be called space exploration architecture, as demonstrated by the recent competition by NASA to design 3D-printed habitats that could help future astronauts live on Mars.