Non-Fiction, by amy elizabeth
It was the mid-seventies, summer, and I was just a kid on a leisurely walk with my dog in Minocqua Wisconsin. My love for the woods took me down a dirt road, the kind where lush forest swallows up the road and daylight is significantly diminished. Peeking through the trees hinted a lake and I was drawn to it like a bee on honey.
The danger of a bear encounter never entered my mind. Even if it did, my driving force as a child was not rational thinking. I was lured by curiosity, and the opportunity to defy the boundaries of a safety zone set by my overprotective Mother.
Almost there, a lake! But then, I was stopped dead in my tracks. Nestled in the obscurity of a heavily wooded forest was an unidentifiable structure. I had to get closer, what on earth? It wasn’t a cabin that was for sure, and as I approached, quickly ruled out a hunting shack. My first conclusion was right on… it wasn’t like anything on earth. Plain as the nose on my face, stood a flying saucer, a real flying saucer! I’d seen enough. I ran all the way home, positive martians occupied this science fiction comic book replica of an outer space craft.
Of course there was a logical explanation, and my Mother quickly clued me in…
This isn’t an original photo, but I googled ‘flying saucer home in northern Wisconsin’ and there it was! Forty years later and I think it’s the same house!
I decided to do a little research on my flying saucer house sighting, and here’s what I found…
The Futuro House, is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The distinctive flying saucer like shape and airplane hatch entrance has made the houses popular among collectors. The Futuro is composed of polyester plastic and fibreglass.
It was designed as a ski cabin that would be quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain.The end result was a universally transportable home that had the ability to be mass replicated and situated in almost any environment.
By the mid 1970s the house was taken off the market, arguably due to poor marketing, but primarily due to the Oil Crisis where tripled gasoline prices made manufacture of plastic extremely expensive. It is estimated that today around 50 of the original Futuro homes survive, owned mostly by private individuals.
The project could be constructed on site, or dismantled and reassembled on site in two days, or even airlifted in one piece by helicopter to the site. The only necessity on site for its placement were four concrete piers, so the project could occupy nearly any topography. Due to the integrated polyurethane insulation and electric heating system, the house could be heated to a comfortable temperature in only thirty minutes, from -20 to 60 degrees F.
Today’s post was inspired by a photo found on the Georgia About blog, go see why!
amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch