A giant flying saucer-shaped structure you’d expect to be piloted by Martians has landed in London. Despite its extraterrestrial appearance, the turquoise pod is actually a rare Futuro house, designed in the 1960s by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen as a prefab weekend getaway. Artist and Central Saint Martins (CSM) graduate Craig Barnes purchased and painstakingly restored one of the rare “spaceships”—only 62 remaining Futuro houses have been identified—and temporarily installed it on the CSM campus’ roof terrace for public use and private events.
Barnes first fell in love with the Futuro House as a boy when he saw his first of the prefab pods during a holiday trip to South Africa. Thirty years later, he used his life savings to purchase the 1972 elliptical fiberglass house and shipped it back to home in Herefordshire, where he reassembled it piece by piece over a period of 18 months. Barnes sees his Futuro House as “an active space, open and provocative” and has worked to bring his restored masterpiece into the public sphere.
In September 2015, as part of the 2015 London Design Festival’s “The Intelligent Optimist” exhibition, Barnes lent the Futuro House to CSM, which will use it to host events about the future. The prefab structure will stay perched atop the CSM roof terrace until September 2016. The public can book £3 tickets online to visit the Futuro House on the first Wednesday of every month. The Futuro, which accommodates 20 at a time, can also be rented for private events.
Via The Guardian
Images via Futuro House