Fancy owning a UFO-shaped tiny home? Now’s your chance.
A rare Futuro house, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, has come on the market in New Zealand for NZ$400,000.
Only 100 of Suuronen’s egg-shaped Futuro houses were ever built, and just 60 are thought to survive today. The architectural oddities were intended to be portable ski-chalets, made from fibreglass-reinforced polyester plastic, with stilt legs that ensure they touch lightly on the terrain.
Around a dozen were constructed under license in Christchurch, and were displayed at the 1974 Commonwealth games. This Futuro house was moved to Warrington on the country’s south island in 1975, where it has remained since.
‘Futuros get under your skin, it is like an adult treehouse,’ says its owner Juanita Clearwater. The architectural designer uses the 8-metre-wide dwelling as a holiday home, and has preserved it in its original condition, with built-in furniture and a hatch door.
Clearwater’s already had 40 serious offers since the prefab went on Trade Me on Monday, and it’s garnered more than 18,000 views. She’s keen the Futuro house must stay in situ, but if the dinky tiny home is a little too small for you, there’s room to expand…
It sits on a 1,000m² plot, so – according to the listing – ’you can build another home on this site as permissible in the Dunedin City District Plan’. It adds: ‘Spaceship could then become an amazing guest house! Or second home.’