History, Design and Construction in Finland and the USA


  • Pamela Voigt




Futuro House, Matti Suuronen, Polykem Oy, FUTURO Corporation, Sandwich construction


The Futuro by Matti Suuronen reflects the confidence in the possibilities of plastics as a new building material of post-war times. A number of the 70 to 100 Futuros that were built worldwide still exist and, generally, they are now being preserved. A comparison of four restoration approaches of Futuro Houses, dating from 2007 to 2018, has given insights into the specific constructive features, modifications and the challenge of their complex materiality and innovative design. This explains the complexity of the conservation process.

How to Cite

Voigt, P. (2022). THE FUTURO: History, Design and Construction in Finland and the USA. Docomomo Journal, (66), 40–49.




Author Biography

Pamela Voigt

Pamela Voigt (Dr. phil.), architect, studied architecture
from 1994 to 2001 at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
From 2001 to 2005 she taught and researched within the
interdisciplinary research group for material-appropriate
design and construction with fiber-reinforced plastics
(FOMEKK) at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Early 2007,
Pamela Voigt finished her dissertation on the art-historical
topic: Die Pionierphase des Bauens mit glasfaserverstärkten
Kunststoffen (GFK) 1942 bis 1980 (The pioneering phase of
building with glass fiber reinforced plastics (GRP) 1942 to
1980). Since 2008, Pamela Voigt has been actively planning
renovations and new developments of plastic structures, partly
in cooperation with Elke Genzel as the BAKU working group.


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