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Futuro House - Home of the Future

LATEST NEWS: This Futuro has been sold & moved!!
See the following article from THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE on Nov. 20, 2002.
[Thank you to Jim Tucker for this information,]


3601 Fifth Avenue


San Diego



Zip Code:


Information taken from Ebay on November 13th, 2001

Listed for auction, starting bid is set at $25,000 USD

You are looking at a 1969 Futuro that is located in San Diego CA. A Finnish architect named Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. The Futuro house was completely furnished and can accommodate 8 people. Durable, easy-care plastic was chosen as the material because its price was still competitive back then. Plastic was seen as a material of infinite potential that would eventually replace even concrete. It was believed that serial production would lower Futuro's price and make it affordable for just about anybody. The idea was that it was so light-weight, it was easily transportable by helicopter. Mobile living was now possible for the future. Only 20 Futuro houses were ever built. This one is Green and is in fair shape. It was lived in until two years ago and is located at the 5th Ave Design Center in downtown San Diego. We are open to all offers. There is a very informational website about them at There is also one located at the Courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. To learn even more there was a movie made about the Futuro called "Futuro". The film is a documentary about Finnish architect Matti Suuronen's 1968 design of Futuro The buyer is responsible for removing the Futuro. Please direct questions to or call 619-794-4513 .

Found this little bit of info at....

However, Paula has located a small green, plastic, UFO-shaped dwelling which would be loaned to us for a few years, that would hold 8 people. It is located at 3601 fifth avenue. in San Diego, and can be disassembled. It was designed as a futuristic, low-cost dwelling in 1968, for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. It probably would not require County approval because it would be used as a temporary building, or as “play equipment”.

Looks like it may find a home with THE CHALICE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION. See how it goes. With the sale of this Futuro this is not probably going to happen now.

PhotosCourtesy of Josh Levine


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