After talking about brand new projects such as floating campsites and motel rooms that look like clouds, it’s time to go back in time and rediscover one of the houses that made history in modern architecture.
Between the 1960s and 1970s, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed and built just under 70 Futuro Houses, also known as “Futuro Pods”, small space-designed homes reminiscent of flying saucers. There are now 63 officially recognised Futuro Houses in 18 different countries, and it is possible that there are still more unidentified or abandoned houses, such as the one discovered by artist Craig Barnes in South Africa.
It was in 2013 when Barnes saw a Futuro House in South Africa, or rather the carcass of a “Futuro House”: the door and windows were missing and the interior was in a state of complete decay. It didn’t take the artist long to make an offer to the owner and arrange for the structure to be moved from there to the UK.
Back home, Craig Barnes worked tirelessly to restore the miniature house to its former glory and has since taken it around the world and opened its doors to the public on organised tours. From the roof of Matt’s Gallery in London to the beach in Le Havre, Futuro House has made thousands of people dream, but it has never really housed anyone else. Until now.
This summer the house has been moved to Marston Park in Somerset, England, and it is possible to book a weekend or even just a night to spend and live inside the cabin designed by Matti Suuronen. An unmissable opportunity for scholars and architecture enthusiasts, but also for all those who are constantly looking for options other than the usual hotels and houses to rent.
The cabin has classic round windows and inside it can accommodate 4 people with spaces divided into a living room, a bathroom and bedrooms, all carefully furnished in 1960s style.
Tucked away in the greenery of the park, Futuro House looks as if it has just landed from a distant planet and is ready to set off again for unexplored corners of space.