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Futuro House looks like a UFO

August 18th, 2011 Comments off

Futuro_House_Wikimedia_Commons posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com HuffPost reports on a public exhibition of The Futuro House. Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House was created in the late 1960s. The prefab ‘kit’ style home was designed to be highly portable. First presented at an October 1968 fair in London, it met with considerable public interest. The manufacturer, Polykem, built perhaps 50-100. Production ceased in 1973, due to the oil crisis at that time, as part of the component material was petroleum based. Artists, celebrities and advertising firms have used the home off and on since. German advertising and artist Charles Wilp put a Futuro on the roof of his home. Wilp’s guests to the rooftop Futuro included Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein and Mel Ramos.

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Utopie Plastic Showcases Futuristic French Designed PreFab Micro-Homes

August 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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Utopie Plastic has introduced a collection of futuristic appearing micro-homes.

The dwellings are the newest exhibition at the Marseille, France’s Friche de L’Escalette sculpture park.

The exhibition is viewable by appointment, through October 1, 2017.  It has a unique place in factory-built housing history to share.

The exhibition includes three rare micro-homes, which date from the 1960s and 1970s.

Utopie Plastic is centered around Matti Suuronen’s “Futuro House,” which was introduced in 1968, with 60 saucer-shaped micro-homes that are now scattered across the globe, according to Opumo.

The ‘Futuro House’ was intended to be a holiday home that could be transported from place to place. More specifically it was designed as a skiing retreat, and originally cost $14,000, per Curbed.

Related article: Far Out Spaceship like Prefab Home Designs from the 1960s

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Futuro House on exhibition at Utopie Plastic. Credit, Curbed. For a previous report on the Futuro, click here or the image above.

Also found in the Marseille exhibition is Maison Bulle a Six Corques – which translates to “Six-Shell Bubble House.” Created by French designer Jean-Benjamin Maneval, the Maison Bulle a Six Corques was introduced in 1956 as a prototype design that went into production over a decade later in 1968.

The flower-shaped homes originally came in green, white and brown, and are made of reinforced polyester insulated with polyurethane foam. Utopie Plastic has two of these units – one of which is being restored on-site for visitors to view.

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Maison Bullea Six Corques on exhibition at Utopie Plastic. Credit, Opumo.

Jumping ahead to the 1970s, the exhibition also includes the 1972 Hexacube design by Georges Candillis and Anja Blamsfeld. The Hexacube is made of polyester and fiberglass, with a space-ship looking design that was inspired by the idea of colonizing other planets in a perceived sci-fi age to come.

The most unique feature about the Hexacubes is that multiple could be combined to make a larger residence.  That concept is similar to modular homes the way we know them today.

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Hexacube on exhibition at Utopie Plastic. Credit, Curbed.

This part of factory-built housing history shows how innovations preceded trends such as modular or tiny-homes.

While these uniquely designed and futuristic looking micro-homes of aren’t in production, they are still a work of art.  They’re being celebrated through the Utopie Plastic exhibition. ## (News, events.)

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Far Out Spaceship like PreFab Home Designs from the 1960s

December 24th, 2014 Comments off


Futuro-House-Steve-Rainwater-Flickr-Creative-Commons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Those of you who were alive in the 1960s, may remember the great interest everyone had in outer space. At the time, the United States was involved in a space race with Russia. Television programs reflected this interest with programs such as “Lost in Space,” “Star Trek” and in the 1970s the all-time cult-classic movie “Star Wars.” There was also the cartoon series called “The Jetsons.”

Some of that interest in space became translated into housing designs that looked like UFOs, and even today, there are a few of them left, scattered in various place around this planet.

In 1968, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed a prefabricated building, later called the Futuro House, made from fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, a light, insulating material derived from oil. As reported by Allison Meier on Atlas Obscura, the first home built was a ski lodge, and the design worked well for this use. Slate  tells MHProNews  that homes made from this plastic could be transported easily and were quick to heat up—a major plus for skiers eager to take off their boots and sample the fondue after a long day on the slopes.

Suuronen’s homes had an elliptical silhouette, measured 26 feet wide by 13 feet high, and stood on metal legs for stability. A ring of 20 oval windows added to the extraterrestrial feeling. A flip-down staircase granted access to the interior, which contained a bedroom, small bathroom, kitchen, and dining area. A wall lined with a long, curved couch was designed to convert into a (very cozy) bed for six. A circular fireplace in the center completed the feeling of a space-age living arrangement.

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But a funny thing happened on the way to success. No more than 100 of these dwellings were ever built. The failure of this venture was blamed on the 1973 oil crisis that caused the price of oil to quadruple. Suddenly, Futuro Houses were no longer economical to make and production ceased.

But could it be that this idea was just a bit too far out for even the space enthusiasts of that era?

Today a few of the surviving spaceship style homes can be found in the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. 

Many of the remaining Futuros are quietly rusting away, but others have been lovingly restored and repurposed. Australia’s University of Canberra has converted a Futuro into a study space, while a Tampa strip club uses its rooftop Futuro as a VIP Room. ##

Related Futuro House on display, with photo, at this link.#

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