A Flying Saucer in Town
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Press conference: May 30, 2017, 11 a.m.
Opening: June 1, 2017, 7 p.m.
To be attended by State Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle
Silent Disco with Mirko Hecktor
(Knuggles Rec. / 1/2 Project01 / Mjunik Disco)
60ies Bar
Exhibition duration: June 2, 2017 – June 3, 2018
Opening hours:
Every thursday, 3 p.m – 8 p.m
Every saturday and sunday, 3 p.m – 6 p.m
Admission only with admission ticket Pinakothek der Moderne
Installation of temporary exhibition premises:
The FUTURO building by Matti Suuronen, initially designed in 1968
Die Neue Sammlung is paying tribute to the icon of the space age with a presentation in an outdoor space at Pinakothek der Moderne of the FUTURO, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in 1965-7 and originally intended as a ski lodge.
Ellipsoid in shape, the FUTURO definitely epitomizes the future visions of the 1960s, in which visionary designs focused on new materials for mobile living environments. Driven by a faith in science and technology and in the conquest of space, the FUTURO symbolizes the striving in that era for new, functional, efficient and mass-producible forms of housing.
With a diameter of eight meters and an overall height of just under six meters the building offers around 25 m² of living space which can be heated by electricity in less than 30 minutes. The building rests on a stable tubular steel frame. It has been designed so that it can even be erected on rough terrain and can withstand not only extreme temperatures, but also earthquakes and storms. The door doubles up as fold-out stairs similar to those on small private jets, and these can be used to access FUTURO, which seemingly floats on its steel base.
FUTURO was manufactured by Finnish company Polykem Ltd. as one of the world’s first mass-produced plastic houses and marketed internationally. Its walls are made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester shells with a sandwich layer of polyurethane foam providing insulation. In order to make assembly and dismantling easier, the house was manufactured in 16 arc segments which could be assembled on site in the space of only two days. A total of 16 double-glazed windows afford a panoramic view right round. There are unfortunately no records of how many FUTURO houses were sold in total. At a conservative estimate there were originally around 70 of them, of which around 60 are still in existence today.
The FUTURO house was acquired in 2016 for Die Neue Sammlung and it is now on show for the first time after comprehensive restoration work. Apart from a continuous bench right round, its circular, open-plan room boasts no interior fittings. The FUTURO house in Munich was initially purchased by Stiebel Eltron in the early 1970s and erected on the company site in Vlotho. It was subsequently acquired by the Charles-Wilp-Museum in Witten in 2012. From there, it has moved to Munich. In the 1970s, artist, graphic designer and composer Wilp owned a FUTURO house which was wrapped by Christo in 1970 and in which artists such as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenbourg and Joseph Beuys guested; it has not, unfortunately, survived.
Curated by Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold, Dr. Caroline Fuchs and Dr. Angelika Nollert
The FUTURO is open to the public during special opening hours, guided tours (limited numbers of participants) as well as for special events.
There will be an extensive program acccompanying the presentation of the FUTURO in Munich. Spread across the year, the program satellites will address the building and future visions in design, film, literature, music and performance.
“Alles, was Sie schon immer über das FUTURO wissen wollten”
Lecture series with four experts
Sunday, 23 July, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
Dr. Elke Genzel and Dr. Pamela Voigt (Leipzig): Geträumte Zukunft. Pioniere der Kunststoffarchitektur (in German)
Cora Geißler (Berlin): Das Leben mit dem FUTORO-Haus und der Roadtrip zu den FUTUROS in der Welt (in German)
Marko Home (Helsinki): FUTURO World (in English)
Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold (Die Neue Sammlung, Munich): Keep Watching the Skies. A Flying Saucer Comes to Town (in German)
FUTURO Mjunik Disco
July to September 2017
Evening guided tours accompanied by music, with Markus Acher, Mirko Hecktor, Thomas Meinecke, Andreas Neumeister and others.
“Yesterday’s Tomorrow”
Film series on the topic of future visions and sci-fi
In collaboration with HFF – Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich
Friday, February 9, 2018 to Sunday February 11, 2018
FUTURO 50|50
in cooperation with the Dept. of Industrial Design at Technical University of Munich

Duration of the exhibition at FUTURO: Friday, March 3, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
Presentation of the designs: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

To mark the 50th anniversary of the FUTURO, students of the Master’s programs in Industrial Design and Architecture at the Technical University of Munich are presenting their visions of a FUTURO house that could arise another 50 years on. What requirements, uses and forms of transportation, social currents and design guidelines will the FUTURO have to meet in 2068? The designs that are being created as part of a course in the 2017-8 Winter Semester will be exhibited during the mcbw 2018 in the FUTURO House and be presented on March 6, 2018 in the Siemens Auditorium in Pinakothek der Moderne.
Happy Birthday, dear FUTURO
50 years of design-visions
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Further satellites will take place with Sarah Dorkenwald, the Design Academy Eindhoven, and the Chair of Geodesy at the Technical University of Munich. For further information see http://dnstdm.de/en/
Social Media Campaign
“Design Your House of the Future”
Parallel to the installation of the FUTURO house in front of Pinakothek der Moderne we’re inviting the Instagram community to share their designs and ideas for future homes with us.
Hashtag: #futuroMUC
FUTURO in print. Photography competition
Who can produce the best photo of the FUTURO? In August we’re inviting everyone to submit a printed photograph that shows the FUTURO in front of Pinakothek der Moderne. Following the competition, the best entries will go on show in an exhibition.
The exhibition is sponsored by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. and KONEN
Media Cooperation: Bayern 2 Zündfunk
Further information:
Dipl. Rest. Univ. Tim Bechthold
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Tel.: +49 (0)89 272725-0
E-mail: bechthold@die-neue-sammlung.de
Dr. des. Caroline Fuchs
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Tel.: +49 (0)89 272725-0
E-mail: fuchs@die-neue-sammlung.de
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FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmann
FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmann
FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmann
FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmanno-Haus
FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmann
FUTURO house. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum © Jörg Koopmann
The FUTURO house at the Internationale Kunststoffhausausstellung (IKA) in Lüdenscheidt 1972. © Stadtarchiv Lüdenscheid, Bildsammlung, Werner Silla
Olotila FUTURO leaflet, detail, 1968-1969, Originally published by Polykem Oy Ab, producer of the FUTURO house. © Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum
Olotila FUTURO leaflet, detail, 1968-1969, Originally published by Polykem Oy Ab, producer of the FUTURO house.
© Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum
FUTURO houses on a mountain, late 1960s. The photo was taken with scale models of the house. © Matti Suuronen, Espoo City Museum, photo: unknown
Parts of the FUTURO during the disassenbly at Witten © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Assembly of the FUTURO in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)
FUTURO. Detail © Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum