Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House in South Morang (VIC) accepted as a nominee for the Victorian Heritage Register

The South Morang Futuro house. Image: Terry Smith

The Herald Sun reports that

SOUTH MORANG’S rare Futuro House has been accepted as a nominee for the Victorian Heritage Register.

However, its future as a potential Whittlesea tourist attraction looks unlikely.

The Futuro, one of only five in Australia, is being used as a storage building by the Tuke Go-Kart Track on McDonalds Rd, where it has sat since 1989.

Whittlesea Council issued a permit for the subdivision of the site in June 2017 which required the Futuro House be protected, restored and relocated.

The council considers the Futuro to have “state heritage significance” and nominated it for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register.

Heritage Victoria is currently looking at the nomination.

It had been touted as a possible tourist attraction but planning and major projects director Steve O’Brien said that would not be the case. “At this stage it is not intended that the Futuro House will be relocated to any council-owned land,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Futuro House was conceived in Finland by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a “portable” ski chalet.

Less than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The South Morang Futuro is believed to be worth $80,000 to $120,000.

Read the full article on The Herald Sun

More resources:

Read the article: Call to heritage list Prefabricated UFO House on ArchitectureAU

Read: What is Exactly Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House? on ArchDaily

The Futuro House Website – The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a “portable” ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.

 

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