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McLeans Island Rd. Futuro House. Matti Suuronen.

Stored amongst a bunch of relocated state houses out by Christucrh Airport sits this martian relic from the early 70s. Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. Only 96 were ever made and production ceased in 1974 as the oil crisis pushed up the price of plastic.

The idea behind the design reflects the optimism of the sixties. At the time people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. The ideal was of a new era, a space-age, where everybody would have more leisure time to spend on holidays away from home.

The Futuro house was completely furnished and could accommodate 8 people. It was constructed entirely out of reinforced plastic, a new, light and inexpensive material back then. The plan was to mass-produce it, so it would be cheap enough to house all people around the earth. Because it was so light-weight, it was easily transportable by helicopter. Mobile living was the new possibility for the future. People could now take their moveable home with them, to wherever they went, and live like modern nomads.

The Futuro House

16 Responses to “McLeans Island Rd. Futuro House. Matti Suuronen.”

  1. Matt Says:

    Somebody has created a house around two Futuros up the top of Huntsbury Hill. Seriously.


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  3. Margaret Aydon Says:

    Do you know if the one at McLeans Island is for sale and if so how much it would be?



  4. Annabelle Bain Says:

    Just repeating Margaret’s question – is the one out at Mcleans Island Rd for sale, and if so how much???

  5. admin Says:

    A quick phone call to http://www.kinghouseremovals.co.nz reveals “it’s in storage on behalf of a private owner”. No further info I’m afraid.

  6. Rachelle Says:

    I know there are most likely patents and so on, but could we not produce something similar in the wake of the September and February earthquakes for people who are looking at rebuilding and need accomodation. I love the concept and would love to use one on site while we rebuilt. Heck, I would love to live in one permanently (if I didn’t have a husband and three boys!). I love your website by the way and have found great inspiration from it. Thanks.

  7. Marcus Says:

    They were made in New Brighton (Wainoni Rd) apparently and the molds are still around… or so they say.

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  9. john Says:

    these are just what the market needs

  10. john Says:

    id buy one, who was making them before in chch?

  11. Nick Says:

    I have two of them in rangiora :)

  12. Keren Says:

    Hi nick

    Can we come and view the two spaceship houses you have at Rangiora if so pse tx 021 225 2292
    Many thanks

  13. Keren Says:

    Hi Nick

    Not sure if my message went through, can we come and view your two spaceship houses, if so either tx 021 225 2292 or repy to my email address

    Many thanks

  14. Robert Says:

    we would like one right away as an office…is there one for sale?…


  15. Chris Says:

    Does anyone know if these are being made in nz text chris 021776329

  16. Vauna Says:

    Please let me know, it these are been made in NZ? I am really wanting one to live in! Central Otago. 0211380504

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