Pinakothek der Moderne

Futuro. A Flying Saucer In Town

02 Jun 2017 - 03 Jun 2018

FUTURO houses on a mountain, late 1960s
The photo was taken with scale models of the house.
© Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum, photo: unknown
02 June 2017 – 03 June 2018

Die Neue Sammlung is presenting its acquisition of the spectacular FUTURO in the outdoor area of the Pinakothek der Moderne.

The FUTURO is not only the best-known and most innovative dwelling of its kind, but also one of the first plastic houses in the world that could enter serial production. No other object better embodies the faith in technology and belief in the future of the Space Age that typified the late 1960s than FUTURO. It is hardly surprising that it would become the epitome of utopian design. Made of prefabricated segments of fiberglass-reinforced polyester, the house could be put to various uses. Originally designed as a ski hut in inaccessible terrain, it could equally serve as a weekend home, mobile classroom or even a bank branch. In its design, furnishings and on account of its flexible usage FUTURO is an excellent example of the visionary design ideas of that era between Pop and social revolution, which were ultimately ousted by the concept of functionalism.