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Futuro Prefab: Spaceship-Shaped 1960s House of the Future Lands in Rotterdam

Posted By Molly Cotter On August 22, 2011 @ 7:15 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Prefab Housing | 7 Comments

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The Futuro prefab stands 10 feet high, is 26 feet in diameter, and comes complete with an airplane hatch entrance. Suuronen chose a round design not only for its strength, but also for its ability to feel spacious while keeping material use to a minimum. The walls are made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic [1], a new lightweight material that made the home both easily transportable and well-insulated. The interior houses up to 8 adults and includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, and bed chairs.

Mo­bile li­ving seemed like the new pos­si­bi­lity for the fu­ture. People could take their mo­ve­able home wherever they went, and live like mo­dern no­mads. However the oil crisis [2] in 1972, production of the Futuro home was shut down as plastic prices nearly tripled. About 100 models were built and only half are estimated to survive today. Though tracking down the private owners of these space houses may prove a bit difficult, one Futuro home is readily available [3] for rent in Wisconsin!

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In 2010, Finnish conservator Anna-Maija Kuitunen wrote a thesis [4] on how to repair the damage of the oldest Futuro model, including never-before-seen images of the house’s interior. After an extensive two-year restoration project, the Futuro prototype is now being exhibited for the first time in decades at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Futuro no. 001 is the centerpiece of an exhibition called Futuro — Constructing Utopia, which will focus on the search for the perfectly constructed form. The show includes over 100 cultural pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, from Durer and Bruegel prints to modern fiberglass furniture [5] and recently acquired contemporary art. Though Futuro is certainly the largest piece in the gallery, it is also widely considered one of the best examples of perfect form in design history.

The exhibition will be on display until October 2011.

+ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen [6]

Photos © Happy Famous Artist [7] and Anna-Maija Kuitunen [4]

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[1] plastic: http://inhabitat.com/ghigos-group-plastic-bag-installation/

[2] oil crisis: http://inhabitat.com/presenting-mired-in-the-bayou-an-inhabitat-oil-spill-exhibit-nyc/

[3] readily available: http://www.podupnorth.com/

[4] thesis: https://publications.theseus.fi/handle/10024/15865

[5] fiberglass furniture: http://inhabitat.com/stella-chair-made-from-mexican-bus-seats/stella21/

[6] + Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: http://www.boijmans.nl/en/10/press/pressitem/242

[7] Happy Famous Artist: http://www.flickr.com/photos/happyfamousartists/

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