FUTURO. A Flying Saucer in Town

FUTURO houses on a mountain, late 1960s

The photo was taken with scale models of the house.
© Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum, photo: unknown


FUTURO. A Flying Saucer in Town

Pinakothek der Moderne
Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum | exterior area


Die Neue Sammlung is presenting its acquisition of the spectacular FUTURO in the outdoor area of the Pinakothek der Moderne.
The FUTURO is not only the best-known and most innovative dwelling of its kind, but also one of the first plastic houses in the world that could enter serial production. No other object better embodies the faith in technology and belief in the future of the Space Age that typified the late 1960s than FUTURO. It is hardly surprising that it would become the epitome of utopian design. Made of prefabricated segments of fiberglass-reinforced polyester, the house could be put to various uses. Originally designed as a ski hut in inaccessible terrain, it could equally serve as a weekend home, mobile classroom or even a bank branch. In its design, furnishings and on account of its flexible usage FUTURO is an excellent example of the visionary design ideas of that era between Pop and social revolution, which were ultimately ousted by the concept of functionalism.

For conservation reasons, the FUTURO will be closed during the cold season from 10 December 2018 to 24 February 2019.