The icon of the space-age architecture and design of the late 1960s
The utopian plastic house known as Futuro, designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933–2013) was first exhibited on television and to the press at the Polykem plant in Hiekkaharju in Vantaa, Finland, at the end of March 1968. The house made its international breakthrough in October 1968 when the third Futuro (no. 002) was displayed at the Finnfocus Export Fair in London.
The Futuro house, a vision of its time, still fascinates people. The exhibitions offer visitors a comprehensive view into the experimental forms and optimistic ideas of modernism.
Experience an iconic housing utopia and a unique collection of design and architecture with all your senses.
Every summer, the Exhibition Centre WeeGee is the place to go if you wish to experience the first ever mass-produced Futuro house, designed in the 1960s by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. Manufactured from plastic, this example of modernist housing utopias is a work of art renowned across the globe.
The Exhibition Centre WeeGee also includes four museums, namely EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, the Espoo City Museum, the Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä and the Finnish Museum of Horology, not forgetting the EMMA Shop and Café WeeGee.
WeeGee attracts some 340,000 visitors every year.
A joint ticket to WeeGee costs EUR 12 and includes entrance to all WeeGee museums.
The Exhibition Centre WeeGee is located about 700 metres from the Tapiola metro station.
Matti Suuronen: Futuro, from 14 May to 15 September 2019, Exhibition Centre WeeGee
The Exhibition Centre WeeGee has acquired the first ever mass-produced Futuro house (no. 001), which was owned by Matti Kuusla from summer 1968 to autumn 2011 and located in Hirvensalmi in Finland. After being carefully restored, the house opened in WeeGee’s yard in 2012. The Futuro house will be open to public from mid-May to mid-September during WeeGee’s regular opening hours.
STUDIO SUURONEN’S EXHIBITION PRESENTS 50 FUTURO HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD
Futuro world 50 years, Studio Suuronen
The entrance hall of the Exhibition Centre WeeGee encompasses Studio Suuronen, named after architect Matti Suuronen. Studio Suuronen houses the exhibition Futuro world 50 years. The exhibition presents the Futuro house as well as its international spread through photographs, captions and map graphics. The exhibition contains photographs of 50 Futuro houses around the world.
At the exhibition, visitors can also see the documentary Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow (Director Mika Taanila, script Marko Home and Mika Taanila, Kinotar Oy, 1998).
The exhibition has been produced by the Exhibition Centre WeeGee / Espoo Event and Cultural Services, the contents of the exhibition has been planned by Marko Home and the exhibition architecture by Kaisa Kantokorpi, Anna-Riikka Nuutinen and Henna Palonen.