Fewer than 100 of the prefabricated, plastic homes were reportedly manufactured—and this one remains in stellar condition.

Whether your plans are practical or out of this world, this FUTURO offers a remarkably well preserved shell that you can use to

Finnish designer Matti Suuronen’s legendary FUTURO home epitomized  space-age design and 60s-era optimism when it first launched in 1968. The UFO-shaped tiny home, with its colorful plastic shell and avant-garde interior, turned heads wherever it landed and it still does today—if you’re lucky enough to spot one. It’s estimated that just 100 units were built around the world, many of which have since been destroyed or severely neglected. In a rare offering, one of the few remaining livable units just listed for sale in New Zealand.

This FUTURO home from the early 1970s is now up for sale in Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally used as a private residence, this particular FUTURO is a local celebrity from its more recent time on display at the local botanical gardens.

This FUTURO home from the early 1970s is now up for sale in Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally used as a private residence, this particular FUTURO is a local celebrity from its more recent time on display at the local botanical gardens.

Photo courtesy of FUTURO Christchurch

Now sitting in a storage lot, the nearly empty shell is available for local or international buyers willing to pay for relocation costs. The structure's original fiberglass-reinforced shell can be broken down into panels, shipped, and reassembled, as required by new buyers.

Now sitting in a storage lot, the nearly empty shell is available for local or international buyers willing to pay for relocation costs. The structure’s original fiberglass-reinforced shell can be broken down into panels, shipped, and reassembled, as required by new buyers.

Photo courtesy of FUTURO Christchurch

Suuronen’s early success with the FUTURO led to global licensing deals, which is how this particular model came to appear in Christchurch, a city on the south island of New Zealand, sometime between 1972 and 1974. Just 12 units were reportedly manufactured by a local company, with only five remaining today. According to a highly informative FUTURO fan website, only a handful of other units remain across the United States, Europe, Australia, and as far away as Taiwan, South Africa, and Russia.

An original FUTURO brochure shows the Finnish prototype designed by Suuronen. The company eventually licensed the structural design to international manufacturers, most of whom modified the interior to fit the taste of local consumers.

An original FUTURO brochure shows the Finnish prototype designed by Suuronen. The company eventually licensed the structural design to international manufacturers, most of whom modified the interior to fit the taste of local consumers.

Photo by FUTURO

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