Futuro Houses

So late last year, I became fascinated with these futuro houses. I couldn’t stop reading about them!

Little bit of info:

A Finnish man named Matti Suuronen designed these UFO-shaped houses during the 1960s-70s. It was a product of the Finland’s faith in technology and their optimistic view in a space-age movement. There’s conflicting info on how many were built and how many have survived (some say between 60-96). There are some fanatics out there that are collecting info/photos of these Futuro Houses from all over the globe. They were taken off the market in the 70s, and many have been demolished. Most are publicly owned – only 2 seem to be in a museum.

When I found out there were 2 in Texas, I had to go see for myself. (And later on one in Florida) The first one is in Rockwall, it is off Highway 276 W and it is completely abandoned – with graffiti and empty beer bottles. It was interesting being inside. They are rather small – hard to believe that was suppose to be a home. But you can clearly see where the bathroom was. and the electricity lines…It is just off the road. See pictures below of the Rockwall Futuro

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Rockwall Futuro

I then visited the one in Royse City which is privately owned. I used http://www.thefuturohouse.com/ to help me get more information on the location of these futuros. This one was a lot of fun because I had only seen the google maps aerial view of the futuro – as I drove up, I was so excited to see it in someone’s backyard. They had a loose dog, but I HAD to meet them and go inside… and I did. I met the son, who advised me that his sister had wanted one and she used it as a room. This one was in better condition and was actually used as a bedroom for many years. It is now more as a storage unit, but was still very cool. I was given the father’s telephone # for additional questions, and I lost it 😦

Royse City Futuro

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I then was in Florida, and had to go see the one in Pensacola!

Pensacola Futuro
Pensacola Futuro

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For more info visit:

http://www.thefuturohouse.com/

http://www.futurohouse.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futuro

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