Today, Futuro house’s are rightly revered as being an iconic piece of not only architecture, but being a mass produced object, also of design. Two of them are in museum collections. The highly respected Boijmanns in Rotterdam, Holland has the original prototype which it initially displayed in its exhibition Constructing Utopia, in 2011.
And the following year the WeeGee Museum in the Finnish City of Espoo (where Matti Suuronen lived) put the newly restored Futuro 001 on permanent display having undergone extensive restoration overseen by art conservator Sami Supply and historian Marko Home.
Contextually, the Futuro has recently been featured in the extensive exhibition Pop Art Design, mounted initially at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany in 2012 before touring to the Barbican Gallery in London, UK in 2013/2014.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York originally acquired for its collection various material relating to the Futuro in 1969 but more recently featured it in the 2008 exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the modern dwelling.
Today, interest in prefab architecture and innovative unusual ideas is at an all time high. Significant examples such as BedZed or Container City in London have generated significant exposure for those involved in creating them and become torch bearers for a rekindled enthusiasm for quick and easy to assemble homes which are fit for purpose and ecologically friendly.
There is a movement of people creating or customising their own bolt holes either to live, work or escape in. TV programs such as George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces have demonstrated the breadth and ingenuity of peoples thinking.
As well as being a historical artifact and widely acclaimed piece of architectural design when restored Futuro no. 22 should function as a place to exist in, rather than become a museum piece for people to look at.
Call it a Grand Design, or an Amazing Space, and whether it ends up atop an urban rooftop or functioning in an idyllic remote location like this as an Escape To The Country, this Futuro no. 22’s journey has only just begun…