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Futuro House - Looking for all information

Postby FuturoMan » Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:52 pm

Greetings,

I am looking for information on the Futuro House manufactured around the world in the 70's.

I am an owner of a Futuro and have started a website to find and document all of the ones remaining.

www.futuro-house.net

I have made it a collection-house of all the information I can find, and organized in a timeline fashion for each Futuro.

Please, I invite you to check it out and see what you can add and of course I will try to answerer any questions.

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Postby SDR » Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:23 pm

These are cool -- check it out. The design goes way back, and originates in Finland. There are examples spread across a wide area, in the US and elsewhere. . .Fiberglass, integral furnishings (different floor plans in three different countries). Kind of a stationary version of the '66 Corvair. . .?

Welcome, FuturoMan, and may I introduce you to Futura Girl, our kind and saucy hostess!

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:39 am

you tomahto
i say tomaito
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you say futuro
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And I say

Postby modfan » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:48 am

Happy Futuristic Easter!
Should it be a rabbit riding the flamingo?

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Postby SDR » Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:00 pm

FuturoMan -- Are there any Futuros on the Left Coast, that you know of? Seems like a California kind of thing, no. . .?

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I dunno

Postby modfan » Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:35 pm

But there was a similar house somewhere in Woodland Hills by a golf course I think-it was featured on one of those HGTV shows-like 'Extreme Homes'.

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Postby SDR » Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:49 pm

Thank God it wasn't on "Extreme Makeover - Home Edition" -- can you imagine? (Where would they start?)

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Postby bananabobs » Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:41 pm

I believe the house in Woodland Hills by the golf course is different. It is like a round tower, it is up off Canoga Ave above Dumetz. I could be wrong but... I always thought there was a house like the Futuro up on Stunt Rd in Calabasas, I am working in Monte Nido, I'll swing by this week.
Futura Girl, I bet you were really singing that when you wrote it, and even later on as well, come on admit it.

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Postby sdmod » Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:05 am

The one in San Diego was completely restored and moved to Idylwild.

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Postby FuturoMan » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:13 pm

sdmode wrote:
The one in San Diego was completely restored and moved to Idyllwild.

FuturoMan wrote:
There is a Futuro on the left coast. Yes it was in San Diego. It now resides in Pine Grove.

My bad! It is actually Pine Cove, north of Idyllwild.

The outside was completely restored but the inside still needs some work done.

According to the Idyllwild Town Crier Dec 16 2004

$15,000 Purchase Price
$20,000 Restoration to exterior
$ 7,500 Moving Costs
$12,500 Crain to lift to final location
$ 5,000 Various permits
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$60,000

Owning you own Futuro............Priceless
or at least different

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Postby SDR » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:13 pm

Now it's time to speculate: what would a larger residence, composed of two or more Futuros, hovering near each other, perhaps at differing levels, and connected with open or covered ramps, or oval-section glass tubes, be like?

Do you draw, F-man?

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Postby FuturoMan » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:38 pm

Nope don't draw.

If you haven't checked out my website you really should.

Click on The LIST and go down to Carlisle Ohio and there are a couple of links showing pics of two Futuros joined together.

Click on Photo Album - Video then click on the flashing gif. This brings you to the photo album section. Here click on Wright Auction then on the Documents album. All of this information is from the Canadian licensee of the Futuro. Here you will find planes for an oblong variation and also a Futuro as a second story.

www.futuro-house.net

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Postby FuturoMan » Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:22 pm

TM wrote:

Drove by the Futuro House in Idyllwild the other week. Fantastic! And they must have used one hell of a crane to get it up there.


Yes they used a crain with a 200 foot boom.
Did you take any pictures?

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Postby SDR » Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:30 am

Article in today's NY Times Home & Garden section:

Futuro Flashback: The Prefab From Another Planet

By PHIL PATTON

RICHARD PISANI caught his first glimpse of a Futuro house beside a lake in Illinois in the early 1980's, outlined against the setting sun. "I was just out cruising and there it was in some subdivision," Mr. Pisani said, "like a prop from a sci-fi movie."

For the next 15 years, he saw the house often, and could not get its flying-saucer form out of his mind. Finally, in 1997, he bought it, paying a tenth of the $20,000 asking price. Using a flatbed truck, he moved it to the yard behind his house in nearby Danvers, Ill., and turned it into a media room.

In the process, he joined a growing network of Futuro owners and fans who have dedicated themselves to celebrating and preserving this strange prefabricated house, which looks like it came not just from an earlier decade, but even from another planet. By 2004, in fact, he had become one of the world's foremost authorities on the fate of the Futuros, numbering perhaps as many as 100, that were built between 1968 and 1978.

The circular house, 11 feet high and 26 feet across, was designed by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect, in 1968. A hatch door in its lower half opened down to reveal steps, like the door of a small airplane, and led into a room outfitted with six plastic bed-chair combinations and a central fireplace slab, as well as a kitchenette and a bathroom. Photographs from the time make the house look like a place where the Teletubbies might live, with Barbarella as a frequent houseguest.


Mika Taanila, a Finnish filmmaker who helped start the Futuro revival with his 1998 documentary "Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow," said he became interested in the houses because they seemed to represent the mood of the late 1960's so precisely. They reflected the era's "economic boom and optimism about the future," he said in a telephone interview from Finland. "Suuronen could not have come up with the idea 15 years earlier or 10 years later."

Part of that optimism was about the potential for plastics and prefabrication to radically lower the cost of housing, in the revolutionary spirit of 1968. The Futuro, which was made of polyester plastic and fiberglass and which sold in the United States for between $12,000 and $14,000, was one of many experimental plastic houses at the time. It came in 16 pieces that could easily be moved by truck or helicopter and set up in a couple of days.

But the house has captured contemporary imaginations more for its look than for its idealistic history. It embodies a strain of modernism that can be seen either as visionary or kitschy, but that certainly stands apart from the sober elegance of much mid-century modern design. Owners of surviving Futuros typically decorate them with lava lamps, plastic chairs and 1970's television sets shaped like spacesuit helmets.

"The persistence of this sort of vision of the future is amazing," said Christopher Mount, the director of exhibitions and public programs at the Parsons School of Design, who has curated several shows on Scandinavian design. "This was a vision that included Panton furniture and '2001: A Space Odyssey,' orange plastic and silver jump suits," Mr. Mount said. "You could look at the Futuro house as a giant Panton chair."

Mr. Pisani, who sells and installs home gutters, became fascinated with Futuros, and began researching their history after he bought his own.

"It made me feel good to know that wasn't just some oddball piece of junk but part of a serious attempt at mass housing," he said.

Last year, he set up a Web site, futuro-house.net, to find and document all the surviving Futuros in the world. He estimates that there are about 60, in various states of repair and disrepair.

The list of confirmed and suspected Futuro locations on Mr. Pisani's Web site has grown as word about the site has spread. The country with the most Futuros seems to be New Zealand, with about a dozen. Several have been noted along the coasts of both Carolinas, and there are Futuros in the vastness of west Texas. One, in Pensacola, Fla., survived Hurricane Ivan "because of the aerodynamics of flying saucers," Mr. Pisani said.

Mr. Pisani's own Futuro has become something of a tourist destination. In the summer, leaves hide it from passers-by on nearby streets, but in the winter, thanks to increasing awareness of the Futuro, visitors often seek out his home at inconvenient times. "Last Christmas," he recalled, "some crazy guy came roaring up my driveway - at 2:30 in the morning."

Mr. Suuronen, who now lives in retirement outside Helsinki, built the first Futuro as a vacation house for a friend. He never planned on mass production, but the attention the house attracted led the Finnish company Polykem to market the design in 1968. Leonard Fruchter, a Philadelphia developer, bought the American licensing rights and began making them in the United States the next year.

The houses quickly attracted attention. An article in The New York Times on the day of the first moon landing announced the Futuro's arrival in America (or "on Earth," as the headline put it). Playboy magazine featured a Futuro as a bachelor pad in a photo layout.

In Europe, the Swedish air force bought several Futuros to house technicians at remote radar stations, and the Soviet government contracted to purchase several more to help meet the needs of the planned 1980 Olympics. But the oil shocks of 1973, which sent the price of plastic skyrocketing, along with changing fashions, helped put a stop to the growth of the Futuro's market. Polykem stopped making the houses in 1978.

Then, in the early 1990's, the Futuro began its comeback, when European artists started using the houses in installations. In 1998, Mika Taanila brought out his film, and four years later he and a co-author, Marko Home, published a coffee table book, "Futuro: Tomorrow's House from Yesterday" (Desura, 2002).

"I still get quite a lot of e-mail, mostly from people who would like to buy one," said Mr. Taanila. "Do I know any that are for sale? Some wonder if production might be restarted."

Mr. Suuronen, now in his early 70's, could not be reached for this article. But Marko Tandefelt, the project director and curator at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, said that the architect is a bit perplexed by the renewed fame of his creation.

Mr. Taanila says that Mr. Suuronen, whom he speaks to from time to time, is also happy. "He is very flattered and surprised because this is a totally new generation interested in his idea. But he is also puzzled what to do with all this newborn interest."

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Postby SDR » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:18 am

Hee-hee! Don't miss the aditional pics linked at the bottom of the third option. . .

No built Venturos listed outside of Europe and Russia. Too bad. . .

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Postby FuturoMan » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:09 pm

FuturoMan sez,

Thank you for posting the New York Times article. Because of that I will be on national TV in a couple of weeks.

I have definitely found 2 more and maybe a couple of others hopefully more to come. Now I need to update my site.



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Postby SDR » Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:30 pm

Was the article accurate? ( I'm dismayed that, even with my limited knowledge, I find all too many mis-statements and bent or broken facts in the popular press -- and even in specialty publications, when the articles are written either by inadequately-prepared generalists or over-enthusiastic fans.)

Hope you WANTED to be on TV. . .?

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Postby FuturoMan » Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:18 pm

Yes the article was pretty much accurate Although I do agree with your statement.

I am sort of looking forward to being on national TV. In doing my kind of research I need to find out what other people know and the best way to do this is from some kind of exposure. I believe I would decline to do a local program like a human interest story on local news. That will only reach a small area with limited potential. A greater potential for looky lou assholes to trespass on my property.

Don't get me wrong if some one calls or knocks on my door I will be more then happy to give a tour. People that would see this in a different market and traveled to my area would be more respectful then locals. In the 7 years I have been the owner I have had only had ONE person knock on my door. Plenty coming down my lane like they owned the place. And the 1 guy that did knock, guess what? He traveled an hour or so to see it..

The only down side I see immediately is bandwidth for my site. I had 14,500 unique visitors the day the article came out in the paper and 25,400 for the month so far. I had to up my bandwidth to 100 gigs and to increase it any more I need a dedicated server for $1200 for a year and I have to buy a whole year. Who knows how many hits I will get after being on national TV? 5,000......50,000.........500,000

And how many emails will I have to reply too? I do respond to all emails. I have recieved about 60 since the story came out


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