Sep 15, 2011
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Plastic Living

The Soucoupe, or the Six Shell Bubble was a glass fibre capsule house, designed by Jean Maneval in 1964-65. The construction consisted of six prefabricated shells that could be transported on a truck. The house also doubled as a mobile display for promotional material, like in the picture above from the Design journal, 238/1968.

If the Soucoupe’s consisted of six separate shells, the like-minded Finnish Futuro house (by architect Matti Suuronen) was made of sixteen, though the house could also be transported as a whole by a helicopter, making it the ideal ski cabin for those hard to access mountain spots. About 100 Futuros were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the global oil crisis.

Below, the leisurely polyester style of the interiors (photo Maurice Boyer).

Today, some plastic houses from the 1960s have survived. Their bold and shiny newness has transformed into futuristic antique, or some kind of abandoned theme-park chic. Below, a Futuro house in Warrington, New Zealand (photo by Peter Dowden)

And in case you’re interested in getting a vintage one yourself, the Futuro below, is for sale here. Although, the house clearly needs a little something.

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