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"Futuro" can be explored in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne until 2022.
Photo: A. Laurenzo © Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
"Futuro" can be explored in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne until 2022.

They've landed

A UFO is parked in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The "Futuro" house of the Finnish architect Matti Surronen can now be visited.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 6/26/2018

Matti Suuronen, however, had less flying saucers in mind when designing his unusual object than rather a ski hut. Led by the visions of the future of that time, an ellipsoid plastic house was created. Steel pipes hold the building in place, even in impassable terrain. If extreme temperatures were to prevail in the Bavarian capital, the almost six-metre-high dwelling would be prepared: Suuronen calculated in strong temperature fluctuations. Futuro" also had to withstand earthquakes and extended storms. If it becomes uncomfortable outside, one can start the retreat over a foldable staircase into the 25 square meter large floor space. Insulated with polyurethane foam, the walls made of glass fibre and polyester defy the weather - heating is via electricity. From the surrounding bench in the interior, the events in front of the 16 double-glazed windows can be followed so pleasantly.

"Futuro" was one of the first series-produced plastic houses in history produced by the Finnish company Polykem Ltd. Two years ago, Die Neue Sammlung was able to acquire the copy of this extraordinary building, whose 16 circular segments were subsequently restored true to the original. The futuristic object, which today is considered a design icon of the 1960s, can still be explored in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne until 2022.
 
Guided tours:
Friday, 13 July 2018, 12.30-13.00 p.m.
Friday, 3 August 2018, 12.30-13.00 p.m.
Friday, 21 September 2018, 12.30-13.00 p.m.

The guided tour is included in the entrance fee, limited number of participants.
Registration and receipt of the ticket one hour before the start at the museum information desk
 
Opening hours of the "Futuro":
Thursday: 15-20 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 15-18 p.m.

Restoration of the 16 circle segments of the plastic house.
Restoration of the 16 circle segments of the plastic house.
© Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
Restoration of the 16 circle segments of the plastic house.
The fold-out staircase leads into the interior.
The fold-out staircase leads into the interior.
© Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
The fold-out staircase leads into the interior.
The round room is equipped with a surrounding bench.
The round room is equipped with a surrounding bench.
© Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
The round room is equipped with a surrounding bench.
The 16 double-glazed windows offer a panoramic view.
The 16 double-glazed windows offer a panoramic view.
Photo: Jörg Koopmann © Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum
The 16 double-glazed windows offer a panoramic view.
"Futuro" houses on a hillside, late 1960s. The photo was taken with scale models of the "Futuro".
"Futuro" houses on a hillside, late 1960s. The photo was taken with scale models of the "Futuro".
© Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum
"Futuro" houses on a hillside, late 1960s. The photo was taken with scale models of the "Futuro".