Monday, July 12, 2010

when houses hang from helicopters...

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black and white images from a very short article from 1973 found sunday at the flea, and a small color promotional postcard (which may or may not have already appeared on airforms), all related to the the futuro - "a finnish designed fiber-glass mobile pad that looks more like a spaceship than a weekend pied-a-terre". the "bungalow" was 26 feet in diamter, and could be purchased furnished. according to the article the fiber-glass structure was nearly maintenance free, and its "sealed-up saucer shape and unique ventilation system all but eliminate dust and humidity." plus it seems that transport could be done via helicopter.

in the early 1970's the finnish pod was shown in the usa at state fairs, and the company also had offices in illinois and philadelphia. no idea if any of the ones built or shown here are still around.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

These is one of these houses sitting near Interstate 55 in Illinois, about 50 miles south of Springfield - halfway to St. Louis.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Greg Allen said...

there are two competing Futuro House registries online. When Wright20 tried to auction one off last year, there were supposedly around 60 left in the world, with 18 in the US.

8:51 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

hey greg, thanks for the note. i knew wright auctioned off a case study house, but missed the futuro, crazy! i would love to see one in person.

10:27 AM  
Blogger lightactivity said...

rad

1:58 PM  

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