Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed the Futuro house in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. He utilized the new plastic technology to create a light, easy to assemble and mobile home. The idea behind the design reflects the optimism of the sixties. 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 designed with kitchen, bathroom, beds and central table. Cooking was done using a portable 'firebox' which could go on the table, or be put away. Steel legs supported the cabin. A door dropped down, spaceship-style to let people in or out.
It 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 lightweight, 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. Unfortunately the 1973 oil crisis spoiled all these plans. Prices of plastic raised production costs too high to be profitable. Only 20 Futuro houses were ever built.
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